* 1 in every 150 children in the USA have autism
* It is estimated that at this time 1 MILLION people in the USA have autism
* 1 new case of autism is diagnosed every 20 minutes
* 24,000 children are diagnosed with autism each year in the United States
Autism is the fastest growing developmental epidemic effecting children today.
The most common symbol for autism is a puzzle piece or pieces. Fitting don't you think?
Many have contacted me and asked me how the doctor's appointment went for Zak this past week. I am sorry that I have not been able to post; but we had to leave town here this past weekend due to a family emergency. I am sorry about the delay.
Zak's appointment went VERY well on Thursday. We met with a DAN! doctor. (That is a defeat autism now doctor). He was wonderful and Zak seemed to really like him.
He spent over 2 hours with us. Going through documents and charts. He was very detailed. He has put Zak on a Gluten Free / Casein free diet. He also ordered a whole range of tests that he wants done. We will get him in for lab work this week. We should hear something from those in about three weeks or so. Until then, we will be vigilant about his diet and see if there is any improvement in the next several weeks.
Please pray! It has been very difficult these past several weeks! Zak has had more challenges than we have ever encountered before. We are praying for wisdom and guidance from the Lord. Praise the Lord He knows!!
Thanks so much for all your prayers. They are a blessing to us. We will go in for his evaluation this Friday. This will be for his therapy and to get started training me on how to do the therapy with him. I am excited about this next step - as I feel we will see a lot of improvement because of the ABA therapy.
I wanted to ask you to pray for us on Thursday. This is the day
of Zak's appointment with an autism specialist. I have been
busy filling out paperwork and getting and accurate record of every test and procedure he has had done in the last 5 1/2 years. To date he has 14 different doctors - (there have been A LOT of phone calls made this week getting accurate information for the Thursday visit).
We made a decision 2 weeks ago to take him off all medication he was taking for the autism. He continues to take meds for his blood pressure. May I say, since taking him off his meds 2 weeks ago, we have seen HUGE changes. I am just amazed and praising the Lord!! One of the biggest changes has been that he is finally sleeping through the night and we are having to wake him up in the morning. What a change this has been!
Even though I have started the therapy with him though, I have been concerned that I need to know more of the intricacies of how to do the sessions correctly. I just prayed and prayed that the Lord would open a door for me to learn about the therapy and know deep down in my heart and in my head that I was doing it 'right'. I got a call this morning from an organization that will test Zak and be able to show me exactly where he is in regards to his understanding. This will give me a clear picture of where to start him in the therapy. They will do an evaluation with him ( 3 hours long) and then give me all the information on where he is at . They will test language, hearing, and IQ.
Thanks so much for stopping by - I am so glad you did.
I thought this Tuesday for Kitchen Tips I would give you the link over to the posts I made on my daughter's birthday party. For her 12th birthday we hosted a Birthday Baking Party. Hope you enjoy - and perhaps get some tips for how you could do a party. It was a lot of fun.
*For you all who normally read my blog - bear with me - I did not want to write a whole new post for this Tuesday when I had a perfectly good Kitchen Tip with the party. :)
Trust you enjoyed your day basking in the joy of life eternal - and the power Christ had over the grave.
I trust you know His resurrecting power in your life. If not, I would love to tell you how a relationship with Him will change your life forever.
Rejoicing in the Empty Tomb,
First, my husband dropped the girls off from church - (I had scooted home right away after church to get the oven started) - the girls came in and stood around a bit awkwardly not knowing exactly what to do or how to act - (do you remember those feelings when you were that age?) Here are all the girls together in their aprons:
After everyone finished their lunch we got out the Unscramble Baking Words game. The girls had quite a lot of fun trying to find out what the mixed up words were. As you can see, a lot of thought went into their answers. It was fun watching them work.
Then, we split up into groups. I had set up 'work stations'. We had a cake decorating station - (I had baked up "personal cakes" the night before for each girl to have her very own cake to decorate), a cookie decorating station - (Unique cookie cutters were used the day before on the sugar cookies. Each girl got a heart, a frog, a butterfly, a tee shirt , and a watering can), and a cooking making station - (all the ingredients needed to make up a batch of chocolate chip cookies were ready with the mixer for baking time). Each group got 30 minutes at each station. I figured this was the only easy way to make sure there was enough equipment to go around.
I needed a little time to regroup the kitchen before we had cake and opened presents. The kitchen needed a little bit of organizing before we started the next thing. The girls took UNO upstairs and played in the hallway while I did a quick wipe down of the kitchen and decorated Abbey's cake with the remaining frosting. I did a quick "put the dishes all into the dishpan and put it under the sink " cleanup. Novocain became the center of attention - and the UNO game never got finished.
So, tomorrow afternoon while most people are taking their Sunday afternoon naps, I will be here with the girls baking cookies, decorating cakes and cookies - and hoping that we can get to church on time that afternoon. Be sure to come back and check out the pictures from the party.
Some of my fondest memories growing up were of my Mom or Dad rocking me. When I was little they had a rocking chair that would squeak every time you went forward. How the squeaking noise could settle a restless child and bring the rhythm needed for sleepy eyes to finally close! Even as a teen, I would love to sit in the chair and rock back and forth, listening to the squeak as it went back and forth.
Happy Birthday. We love you with all our hearts! We are so thankful that God gave you to us. We pray you grow up to serve Him with all of your heart. You will never regret a life lived for Him. We hope you have a Happy 12th Birthday.
Mom and Dad
I wanted to invite you once again to visit our ministry website. We have it almost all completed. We will add and tweak it here and there - but it is out there now. I wanted you all to go and visit - and fill me in on any input you may have. We have never designed our own website before - and so what may look OK to us amateurs; may need some improvements to those of you who do web designs more frequently.
Let me know what you think and were we can improve. Also, your prayers for us and our family are greatly appreciated.