Yesenia Loya, a mother of a son on the spectrum, shares why she walks for Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Fall walks are quickly approaching so make sure to check our website here if you are interested in participating in your area!
I am the mother of a gorgeous baby boy named Jordan Taylor Loya who is 2 years and 5 months. When my son was around 9 to 10 months is when I first noticed something was off in his behavior. He tended to distant himself from other kids outside of his norm and had little reaction to things that you would usually see a reaction. He would also not respond to his name being called and lacked eye contact. At the age of 2 my son was diagnosed with autism. Since then, my view of the world and the people in it has changed. Autism is a world I knew nothing about and little by little I have learned about Autism Spectrum Disorders. For sometime, I felt very guilty and had many sleepless nights. I felt lost and depressed and had so many unanswered questions.
Was it something I did? Why my son? All I can think about was Jordan's future. Would he ever call me Mom or his dad Daddy? Would he go to school? Will he have friends? I was scared to say the least. I am happy to have taken such quick action with my son since even before 2 years old. After a couple weeks of denial since he got diagnosed, I found out about early intervention.
In the beginning all I would hear is "Mom you need to have patience" and I would tell myself but how much patience. Today I can say, I have seen great progress in Jordan. Although he is not talking still I have seen tremendous progress in his nonverbal communication and eye contact as well as reaction to things. His next evaluation is soon and we are just hoping for the best.
I decided to walk on April 7 as the Team Captain for Jordan land because I wanted to raise awareness for parents like me who are clueless. Somewhere out there, there's other parents who are dealing with this and might feel helpless like I first did. As a mother of a child suffering from autism, I long for the day when my son will be in a position to readily tell me what he feels, what he thinks, what he wants and what he loves. And this is why I will walk, not only to raise awareness, but to speak for all the children that can't speak-to fight for my champion. Thank you to our friends and family who have been there for us since Day 1!
Mommy loves you Jordan.