People from all over the world, and from all walks of life long to live the “American Dream” – the right to fulfill life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The meaning associated with each of these wonderful American entitlements is unique and special to each individual. Simply stated, I consider the “American Dream” a specific “vision” of what one desires to achieve at any given point in life. Fortunately, our country allows us the freedom to do so.
Most likely, one’s “vision” will undergo a series of changes as life circumstances and priorities change, as well as age, maturity, and responsibility. As a 39 year old, married, working mother of two little boys, one of whom has an Autism Spectrum diagnosis, naturally my personal “vision” is geared toward my sons and their futures. However, as the parent of a “spectrum” child, I often step outside the box, and explore my “Spectrum Vision” – my American “Spectrum” Dream. The moment my Snoopy, not even 2 years old at the time, received his diagnosis, my “Spectrum” Dream ignited. At the time, my Dream was geared only toward Snoopy of course, but as he began his recovery, my “Spectrum” Dream evolved. The success and satisfaction that I felt as a result of Snoopy’s recovery allowed my “vision” to grow, and focus was shifted toward others with a “spectrum” child. I long for other “spectrum” parents to experience the same success and recovery with their little one as my husband and I experienced with our Snoopy.
I stated in my very first article, “My Child Has What? Autism?” – “Maybe someday doctors and hospitals will be required by law to provide parents, especially new parents, with Autism awareness information and signs to look for before they leave the hospital with their beloved new baby. Maybe someday parents will not hear the word ‘Autism’ for the first time as it is being used to diagnose their own child. Maybe someday parents will be educated on the topic of Autism before they need to be educated on the topic of Autism.” This is all part of my American “Spectrum” Dream. In addition, I long for any professional working with “spectrum” patients to be required by law to learn and educate parents about other alternative/biomedical methods of intervention.
My Snoopy’s recovery from Autism via diet and nutrition intervention is actually not a unique result. Many have had the fortunate experience of recovery through various biomedical methods of intervention. Volumes of information are available, so many successes have been documented, but our professionals do not relay this information or even acknowledge that such information exists because “it doesn’t work for everyone”. Parents should be provided with every possibility from their chosen professionals without having to spend valuable time researching on their own. Whatever decision parents choose to make for their child is ultimately their own, but it should certainly be a fully informed decision.
To sum up my American “Spectrum” Dream, I wholeheartedly use the word “ACHIEVEMENT”!