A Mother’s Reflections Seeing Beyond Autism

A Mother’s Reflections Seeing Beyond Autism

{{more}}So today’s swimming class was kind of life-altering, lol. The boys were a little more nervous than yesterday I think because they remembered how apprehensive they were at the beginning yesterday and got a little spooked. This was hard for me obviously, but I just kept reminding myself how vital it is for them to have this life skill–especially Ryder who I worry about a little more. So I sat inside and listened to them fuss for a bit and watched as Ry clung to his teacher for dear life. I kept peeking out every so often and about 15 min in I saw the most amazing thing… Ryder was in his little foam vest kicking and paddling his way TO his teacher!!! 😃I had to look again–closer this time, and saw that he was then making his way to the edge all by himself leading the way. I watched in awe as he made his way all over that little pool with his instructor beside him. Before I knew it, giant tears were gushing down from behind my sunglasses. My little boy whom I often worry what the future holds for him suddenly seemed not so little anymore…bigger, stronger, more independent, and just… normal–Like he didn’t have any sensory or speech issues… That could have been anyone’s little boy out there for a few minutes, living life without a care in the world, and doing normal kid things.