It’s almost Thanksgiving time. A time to recognize all we are thankful for.
And if you are a member of Facebook, you have probably seen your friends doing their daily thankful posts. You will see the usual comments of being thankful for their family, their career, and health. But of course, being a Mother Warrior to a child that had autism spectrum disorder, I’m thankful for biomedical intervention.
You see last night, I had a moment that I would like to share with all of you. A moment where the past six years flooded my memories, as I looked at my son.
Thankful….is just not a big enough word.
But what was my son doing that made me feel this way?
Well, let me tell you some back story first!
Three years ago, when Anthony was 3 years old we started potty training. Anthony was completely non-verbal at the time, and had sensory and fine motor issues. But as a mother, you know your child is ready for potty training when they come into the bathroom and start peeing on the floor. So as intimidated as I was to potty train a child that couldn’t speak, and couldn’t pull his pants down, we began the dreaded affair.
Knowing my son very well, he needed motivation. We sat down together and picked out a reward he would receive once he was potty trained. We scrolled through the Toy R Us website and Anthony excitedly pointed to a bike.
And wouldn’t you know it, a week later he was potty trained!
After researching, and knowing that Anthony had issues with balance I ended up buying him a Strider Balance Bike. (Use Coupon code: 1CASI01 for FREE shipping)
He loved it from the moment he got it. And as I watched him walk it around, I knew he already felt like pro.
During this time, we started biomedical intervention. And as we started to improve Anthony’s methylation, his sensory and balance issues seemed to disappear. We noticed Anthony starting to pick his feet up, and balance on his bike.
It seemed as time went on, riding a bike was Anthony’s “thing” and a great therapy for him.
Bike riding encompasses so many skills. Gross Motor, fine motor, sensory, and attention. It continued to build Anthony’s confidence. Something that he lacked while receiving speech therapy and occupational therapy. Even though Anthony was only around the age of 4, he would make comments to me about how other kids spoke different than he did, and other kids were able to physically do things he couldn’t. Like catch and throw a ball. But on his bike, he felt like his peers. Perhaps even a bit advanced, because he knew some kids at 4 were not riding bikes.
A month after Anthony turned 5 years old, he started riding a bike with no training wheels.
Yes, riding a bike is Anthony’s joy. Even when he’s frustrated with school, or annoyed with his sister, he will go out to our back yard and ride. It instantly relaxes him and makes him happy.
During the past few years we have tried other activities with Anthony. Swimming, bothered his ears. Gymnastics, his low muscle tone made him incredibly floppy. When I watched him in these classes he always looked like the odd man out. He couldn’t do what the other kids could. =-(
And then it occurred to me, “Kim, why don’t you find him an activity you know he is already good at?” At that was when I found out about BMX!
The idea still sounds a little crazy. I mean BMX for my son that had mito dysfunction, autism, and could not speak just a couple years ago? But as the years have gone on, and Anthony has recovered, I need to remind myself. Anthony is NOT his past diagnosis’s. And my fear of him not fitting in with others only holds him back. We needed to give BMX a chance. Especially since it seemed like something Anthony was excited about, and possibly good at.
So last night Anthony had his first BMX practice. I sat on those bleachers and seemed to hold my breath. Would he fit in with the other kids? Would he even be able to make it around the track once?
As I saw him ride, it was like I saw the miles of milestones he had accomplished. We have biomedical intervention to thank for that!
Anthony rode around that track at least 15 times. The kids were all friendly to him, and so were the other parents. He fit in!!
And when we got home after practice, Anthony wanted me to pull up youtube video’s of other kids doing BMX. He’s already talking about buying a jersey, and getting a faster bike.
He’s into it. He’s enjoying it. He’s setting goals for himself.
This Warrior Mom is beyond thankful for biomedical intervention!