This group has been created by Ilana Gerschlowitz, author of “Saving My Sons – A Journey With Autism” and mother of three boys. One who still battles autism everyday and one who completely recovered from autism.
Autism is treatable and recovery is possible. Early intervention is key and sets the stage for recovery however it is never too late to start the right treatment. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and following a biomedical treatment protocol is the recipe for success.
When my son David was diagnosed with autism, my heart broke in places I never knew existed. I cried a thousand tears and when those tears dried up, I cried a thousand more.
In the beginning, we didn’t share his diagnosis with anyone. We were too afraid of labelling him and it took time to research and understand autism. There was no one around, to hold my hand, offer advice or help mend my broken heart.
Today, David is 19 years old. He works in his kitchen with a chef. He has his own driver and communicates mostly through his Ipad even though he can say some vocal words.We managed to put the pieces back together and create a life for him despite the challenges. A beautiful mosaic.
No treatment, supplement, diet or intervention was an easy fix. We had to keep changing the dose of his supplements or find new ones. We had to keep trying new diets or find a new strategy to get him to communicate. The days were long and our experience with autism – overwhelming.
We started our journey, searching for David’s healing, with so much doubt, pain and fear. We tried to be brave even though autism kept knocking us down, time and time again. The collection of scars and bruises inflicted by autism, weighed heavily on us.
Autism will test you in ways you never imagined possible. It will take grit, persistence, determination and courage to prevail.
There were many days, when it felt like we were enveloped by darkness. But there was always light that shone through a small crack in the window to my soul. As time passed, the feelings of sadness and despair were replaced by feelings of hope and possibility.
We never gave up on teaching David the skills he needed to communicate or on his independence. When any doctor or therapist told us we’d come to the end of the road, it was a sign, to find a new doctor or team of therapists, who’d be able to find a way. A new reason for his autism symptoms. A new treatment. A new way to approach the complexities of autism. We always found a way.
No mountain too high. No river too deep. Whatever it takes and no matter how bumpy the ride. Keep going and you will succeed.