We were an average family living in Penang, Malaysia. I would say that when compared to the more vibrant capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, life in the island state is relaxed and under control. Like any average families, we had made plans for the future that involved children and a quiet place in the suburbs.
Life threw a wrench in our plans when our eldest child was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2013. We had noticed some quirkiness in his behaviour in his early years but didn’t think much about it. As the old saying goes, the kids will catch up as they grow up. At 3 years old, the signs were troubling so we get him checked out and shortly later diagnosed with ASD.
Our child’s diagnosis opened up a whole new world of support system, friends and knowledge that we never knew existed. It has been a whirlwind experience that we would like to share in this blog.
As we become more open to our child’s predicament and start talking to people, beautiful things happened. People came out to give support, sometimes just kind words, but we love the networking that people provide. Seeing and hearing stories of other children with ASD pushes us forward. We draw energy from the success of others.
Hopefully our experience will motivate others who are in the same predicament.