I could drone on forever about the different reasons why this is C-R-A-Z-Y, but instead I took the liberty of drawing a few cartoons to demonstrate my feelings on the matter:
A doctor saying:
Is about as smart as any or all of the following:
I'm pretty passionate about the matter because we have seen first hand the massive difference early treatment makes. As most of you know, my son Craig started speech therapy at 18 months, intensive floortime at 28 months, and 24 hours a week of ABA therapy a few months before his 3rd birthday.
For those of you wondering, no, this wasn't easy: we had to rearrange our lives to accommodate therapy schedules, move states, and spend thousands upon thousands of dollars in co-pays. All that being said, I'm NOT complaining.
In fact, I'm very pleased to announce that just last week Craig's therapist informed me that, due to his continued progress thanks to early intervention, they are ready to start the process of slowly phasing his therapy program out.
In simplest terms, thanks to early treatment Craig has caught up, his therapy will be ending soon, and will he will now grow up to be an independent adult.
Now, as irreverent as my illustrations are, Autism Speaks has a great video that essentially sums up what was Craig's future will likely be due to his doctor refusing to "wait and see."