I’m shining bright for Harrison
This Christmas, I’m shining bright for my son Harrison who is part of the 1 in 70 Australians on the autism spectrum.
Our journey started 2 years ago when Harrison (Harry) was diagnosed with Level 3 Autism and Severe Global Development Delay. Over the last 4 years, there have been lots of struggles from him learning to talk to social interactions and behaviors. For a while you could tell he wasn’t his happy self as he got frustrated that no one could understand him.
Through the years of Covid, we struggled to get help for him and there were significant delays to be able to get into Speech and Occupational Therapies. While we tried our best to help him at home but we really needed professionals to assist him with his development.
We spent years fighting with daycare to get him the help he needs. We were told that he had behavioural issues and he would be blamed for any incident that happened at daycare that involved him and because he could not communicate, he couldn’t defend himself.
Over the last 12 months we have seen a HUGE change in him after starting speech and occupational therapies. He is a much happier little boy and can communicate like a champion now.
Daily we struggle with defiance, disobedience and tantrums. He cannot comprehend tasks or dangers, does not understand playing with his friends and if he does not want to do something, he wont do it.
After 4 long years, everything is finally in place to help him achieve and thrive and we hope that one day he will be a successful independent young man.
People on the autism spectrum see, hear, feel and experience the world differently. For many, simply coping with the everyday, including Christmas, can lead to confusion, anxiety and isolation.
By coming together and taking action, we can help provide opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to participate, engage and thrive in the world around them.
Let's come together, one light at a time, and make this festive season truly special.
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