When you have a child in the autistic spectrum you do depend on help from professionals. Help in parenting is needed much more than for a parent of an NT (Neuro Typical = normal) child. At the age of 6, our child got PTSD from abuse in special schools in Haarlem. Teachers, all supportive personnel in school, were punishing him again and again for the symptoms of autism.
After different therapists we finally arrived at Kitty. I have no words to pronounce our thanks, the love and gratitude to express my feeling when I talk about her and what she did for him and for us as parents… She connected to him through art and while he was focused on making something they talked. And they talked and talked…
She taught him how to communicate his emotions, good or bad, that didn’t matter. How to express emotions with words instead of helpless screaming or crying was a game changer for him. For us as well.
It sounds so simple when I write about it, but it was a process. Kitty has that unique feeling or gift to adjust therapy to a child in need. Besides intensive therapy she also did EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with a child with autism. It worked, all together it created the relief he needed to continue with his life.
Thanks to Kitty he is talking about studying arts, he loves it. That is his was to express himself. His speech is great, he has great a fantasy and imaginative skills.
He likes to dive. At the moment he is at Digibende learning programming, game design and mechatronics. He is learning in a group of young people. He also loves to play D&D and MTG.