My son Kasin Marshall Wolf was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at 2 ½ years old. I was blissfully unaware of what the term autism truly meant, how vast the spectrum actually was, let alone what any of this meant for my son. I was handed a mere pamphlet to read up on his diagnosis and was on my own to figure out what was next for the life of my young child.
I was blessed to have the support of my family, my church, and most of all my faith in God to help guide me through the next steps in getting Kasin the help that he needed to start overcoming the obstacles that he faced. There are so many resources out there, and it is extremely overwhelming to try and find the correct research and to find the right doctors and therapists for your child. That is why supporting and raising awareness for World Autism Day and Autism Awareness Month is so important to me. Autism Speaks in particular is near and dear to me, as they are dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of children and adults with autism and their families. They also work to increase understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder.
Today my son Kasin is a happy and healthy 7 year old little boy in the 1st grade. He completed 3 years of ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapy last summer, he mainstreamed into regular classroom school by the age of kindergarten, and today is involved in swimming, basketball, Awana, and loves Sunday school.