As a parent I never wanted to hear something was wrong with my child. The day I found out that Hayden had Autism, I cried. I had no idea what that meant or what our lives were going to be like from that moment on.
Hayden stopped talking when he was fifteen months old. I thought it was because he father was deployed, but when he came back he still did not talk. We had him tested for possible hearing lose, but his hearing was good. At the time he was diagnosed I was a single mother with two other little boys. I was scared. The first think I did was put Hayden into the KISD schools. They have wonderful programs. When he was in kindergarten, the teacher said Hayden was in the wrong class. She could not handle him. They transferred him into the nonverbal class. The teacher there loved Hayden. She knew and said he was over qualified for her class; not because he was verbal a little bit, but because he does not take to new things, but she kept him. He graduated Kindergarten and she cried. She was so excited.
This year Hayden started first grade with the same teacher from the previous year who could not handle him .We moved him to a brand new school and this school is wonderful. He has made a big improvement. He talks so much, knows sign language and loves to spell his name out for you. It makes me so proud of my baby boy who could not talk a year ago. He loves to laugh. I love when he comes up to me and just wraps his arms around me and gives me a hug and he whispers in my ear, “Mommy I love you.” He is my pride and joy and I could not ask for a better life.
Over the past four years we both have learned a lot. This is something that Hayden will deal with for the rest of his life, but with great teachers and our wonderful family he will continue to grow and be able to do what he wants to do in his life.
Hayden is now almost seven years old. He loves video games, computers, playing with his brothers, and going to school. He is the light of people’s eyes and he has the personality to just make you smile when you are having a bad day. He will continue to learn and grow and as long as he is happy, I am happy. He is my son and I am so proud to be his mother!
Heather, mother of Hayden