Raising a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder often means that every gain, small or large, is hard-fought. As parents, we invest our time, our money, our patience, our love - our everything - into helping our children feel well, be well and make progress wherever their deficits may lie.
Ethan has made tremendous gains in the past 3 years; tremendous. I am so pleased with how far he has come, how much healthier his body is and how much more in-sync with his peers and his family he has become. But, it wasn’t easy…and the past month has been a roller coaster of emotion, stress and frustration for me.
Just before I left town for the Autism One Conference in Chicago last month, I realized Ethan had a huge cavity. He’s never had one. So, when I left for the event, I knew that I’d be eagerly attending any and all sessions I could regarding dentistry for children with ASD, anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide, Methylation, basically anything that could potentially relate to our current situation.