Where Does My Help Come From? ~ 7 of 7

A Life Long Adventure

Where Does My Help Come From? by Cathy Zimmerman

God faithfully answered prayers for help.  He is my first resource!  The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teachers at our local school were helpful.  Our son was able to receive occupational therapy, speech therapy and specialized instruction in a preschool class setting.  (We weren’t particularly happy with the results, so we have been home schooling him since kindergarten.) The ECSE teachers were very helpful in providing resources for us. One resource I would recommend was a video series by Dr. Tony Attwood about Asperger Syndrome that we were allowed to take home and view, “Asperger Syndrome:  A Video Guide for Parents and Professionals.”  Dr. Attwood is an expert on AS.

Another outstanding resource was a book I ordered from Focus on the Family titled, “Facing Autism,” authored by Lynn Hamilton. There is a tremendous amount of information in this book which helped us work through dietary issues.  The author explained that the gut is the “second brain” and what you put in it will truly have an effect on overall functioning of the child.  We found this to be very true.  We started him on a casein-free/gluten-free diet (discussed in Ms. Hamilton’s book).  This was our first step into dietary intervention, and we noticed a definite improvement in his social skills, language and demeanor within a couple of weeks.  Ms. Hamilton’s book listed several tests she pursued for her son to determine allergies and trouble-causing culprits.  Some worked for them, and some didn’t, but she listed them all for the benefit of other parents seeking help.  Focus on the Family has many resources and can be reached at 1-800-232-6459.  We haven’t yet explored all the tests.  It can be overwhelming and very time consuming, but well worth it for the child involved.

“The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome” is another outstanding book that will give you a wealth of information about AS. O.A.S.I.S. stands for Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support.  I highly recommend visiting this website for information and support.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5 ~ NIV)  I bring this verse before the Lord often, because it contains a promise from Him, and I am so often in need of wisdom.  This role of mother to a special needs child is not a walk in a rose garden.  Parenting a “normal” child requires wisdom well beyond all the books at your local bookstore and all the knowledge you can glean from your pediatrician.  Add the challenges of any special needs child, and wisdom becomes a near daily request.  And why not?!?  One of my ongoing concerns is “messing up” our son beyond his AS by doing something wrong, or not doing something he needs to help him flourish.  That’s a burden I don’t want and am happy to hand over to the Lord.  He is delighted to give us wisdom for our days and tasks.

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