On May 25th , Multilingual Living posted an Ask Madalena question from a woman named Sandra who was writing on behalf of the Italian woman she tutors in English. You can read her question and Madalena Cruz-Ferreira’s answer here: Help! Does He Have Language Delay, Autism or Neither?
A few days ago, an email arrived from Sandra giving us the latest status. Madalena and I were so very touched by Sandra’s heart-felt description of what had happened in the past few months. It truly tugged on our heart-strings.
We are honored and pleased that Multilingual Living was able to play such a pivotal role in this family making such informed decisions. As you will read below, these informed decisions were due in a large part to your comments!
Thank you everyone for taking the time to be involved and to share your experiences, suggestions, concerns and insights with us all! And thank you, Sandra, for sharing the following email with us! Please let us know how things progress!
I was overwhelmed by your answer and all the helpful responses that followed. I had written to you explaining that I tutor English to an Italian woman who has a 23 month old child, etc. etc.
I wanted to share with you a little bit of what has happened as a result of all the information that you and the respondents shared with us.
For two months, my Italian student and I read through the responses and articles from connecting links and books. It was a wealth of information I had not been able to find elsewhere. I was so grateful to have stumbled into this website by accident, and so grateful for all of those caring people who responded.
By the end of July, we concluded that it was better to have her child tested for Autism sooner than later (he was presenting with some of the physical signs of Autism). So when she went to Italy in August, she had him tested there. Time was limited due to her travel and the expert there said she needed more visits to have conclusive findings.
When my student and her husband returned to the U.S. they had him tested here too at the University of Michigan Hospitals. A diagnosis of mild Autism has been made and they are now deciding on what their options are.
They are going through a period of sadness and adjustment and I hope to find a support group for them.
Many thanks for your thought provoking responses. Please share this with your readers, if you think it is appropriate.
Thank you, Sandra, for taking the time to send us this heart-felt email. Please continue to keep us updated!
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