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Keagan has made tremendous progress since his diagnosis two years ago but we’re always asked, “What does that mean and what will happen in the future?” We share the challenges for those on the spectrum and the impact it has on their families and daily lives and candidly say, “we don’t know” when it comes to his future.
In our experience, many people get caught up in the label that they sometimes can’t see past it. Sometimes, “having autism” overshadows him as a person, his potential and accomplishments.
For us, the most important thing that we always try to convey is that Keagan has autism but autism doesn’t define who he is or what he’s capable of.
He’s an incredible, smart little boy who has overcome and learned so many things that were easy for other children his age but very difficult for him.
Speech language and socialization are a continuous work in progress and although living with autism has its many, many challenges, his tenacity and hard work has proven that anything can be achieved – big or small. One day at a time. One step at a time.
He has blossomed into a sweet, charming, playful little boy who gets a twinkle in his eye before getting into mischief. He has the ability to light up a room with his smile and his giggles are infectious.
He still currently has many challenges that we are tirelessly working on and with no doubt have more challenges in the future. There will be resistance and tears shed and modifications to probably everything that we do but he has taught us that we are only limited by the limits that others or we place on ourselves and nothing is impossible.
With his hard work, amazing team, loved ones and our compassionate community, he is a living testament that regardless of having autism, he is joyful, passionate and brimming with personality. He has taught us that there are no limitations on who you are, who you can become and what can be achieved.
Linda, mother of Keagan