May 17, 2012
Our daughter was diagnosed with autism at age 2.
We live in Pleasanton, CA.
We hope to meet other families with special need kids and make new friends. We want to give support to other parents who face the same challenges we do having a special need child. We want to relax and have fun, with or without the kids, and share with our new friends that having a "special kid" is not the end of the world and can be celebrated!
Our daughter is 5 1/2 and has not made a full sentence yet. Speech is a big challenge for her. However, we are very proud that she perfectly understands both daddy's language (English) and Mummy's language (French) and will answer in both languages with a couple of words when being asked a question. Our biggest challenge with Stella is social interaction: she will ignore most everybody around her (kids and adults alike) unless being repeatedly asked to address them. But we will get there soon :-)
We are proud parents to a wonderful 5 1/2 yr old named Stella. Why Stella? Because she is our little star. We waited for a long time to be parents, and Stella came to us as a gift from Vietnam, through adoption.