Being a parent is certainly a challenge, always new obstacles. This has been a difficult and challenging year for my youngest Anthony, who has been suffering quietly and I mean that literally.
Always the loudest one in our home, but told he is "shy, never talks, in his own world, defiant, rude, or being ignorant." All of those were comments made by his teachers in the past. Last year I suspected something due to possible anxiety and came across this, but was told by his old school that no, he's just going through a phase, he must participate, he must speak or it will affect his grade.
The tears he's cried for over a year that no one understands, that he just can't speak were torture.
Yesterday it all came to light and now my beautiful, intelligent, young man will no longer not be heard, but helped. Our brains are very complex, and there are medical conditions that can be causing things to not work like they should. One of them my precious boy will over come now with the right help, and a very obnoxious, persistent mother who will always be the advocate, and in Anthony's case his "VOICE." With his brother Aaron, he has progressed with Autism, now with Anthony we have something new called Selective Mutism.
He will excel, and be successful. I have to wonder at times why so many challenges, but we will be strong and face this head on. Can you imagine being frozen in place wanting to talk, scream, sing, laugh and you just can't only to your family and those your family may be comfortable with.
This is my beautiful boy
A news report on Selective Mutism