What an amazing little girl Mari was. My daughter had such an amazing way of being able to jump into your heart and stay forever. Mari didn’t fit the stereotype for someone with autism. So much so that when she was two and attended the early intervention program that everyone kept saying she had autistic tendencies but she didn’t have autism.
She was tested in January 2003 by neuropsychologist. On February 5, my husband, Keith, and I were given the test results. Not only did Mari test on the autism spectrum, but she had severe classic autism. When I told her school this they were dumbfounded. I don’t think they really believed it. I think the longer she might have stayed in that specific program they would have become believers.
We ended up move when she was four. The new program she was in the teacher was very honest with me when she told me she had no idea what to do to help our daughter. It was because of this I called for an intervention to take place. The Special Education Director at that time really worked with us and placed her into the all day program she would have gone to the following year.
This is really where Mari excelled the most and grew into her personality. She captured the hearts of strangers and those that knew her. Her smile alone could captivate a room. This is why ‘A’ is for Amazing.