Parents always hope that their children can grow up healthily and happily. Nonetheless, reality is always the opposite of the ideal.
Chen Chen still did not call me “mummy” even when he approached two years old. This made me feel a bit worried, but the elderly in my family kept telling me that “boys are usually slower in learning to speak than girls do, so there is nothing to worry about”. Perhaps this is what we called self-deceiving. And because of this, we missed out the golden timing for treatment for Chen Chen.
As the result came out, Chen Chen was diagnosed with Autism. Thereupon we decided to send him to kindergarten and to do speech therapy on the other hand. Right when we thought that everything was going to get better, more and more of Chen Chen’s problems raised our concerns. For example, he could not communicate well with his peers, he was unable to sit still to listen to teachings in class, and sometimes he even fought with his peers.
We felt so hopeless about all these until we got to know about SI World from our friends. After listening to Mr. Wong’s explanation, we came to understand that children actually need more assistance; therefore longer treatment period is needed as well. Lots of parents are mistaken that children will get better very soon once they are sent for treatment.
Although Chen Chen is still having all these problems, it is worthwhile to see him getting better and cuter. To me, it does not matter if others see him as a special child or misunderstand that “special” is related to IQ’s problems. Because I believe one day, Chen Chen will be the same as his peers, who will have his own friends and life.