Finding out Piper would be on the spectrum was scary at first, you hope for the best but expect the worst. It’s hard not to focus on the negative side when all we see and remember of autism are the extremes. The future appeared difficult, “what if she never talks?” or, “how can she go to school?” After a while, we figured out that the most important thing is ensuring Piper feels happy and loved. What more does any parent want for their child? Once you come to that realisation then finding positives becomes easier.
A lot of the most creative, forward-thinking, innovative people throughout history would have been on the spectrum. They are able to use their mind in a different way to most, often with extreme focus. Experiencing the world around them from their own unique perspective, sometimes with heightened senses or cognitive ability that is difficult to deal with, they can create/discover/do amazing things. We just have to help them find their comfort zone so they can find their niche.
Erika & Dan Harvey
A blog about our journey through the spectrum with our daughter Piper. Enjoy and feel free to share with others.