My Scariest Moment: A Diagnosis and the Impact It Makes

By Julie Bavington




This is usually a space where I share with you about organizing tips to help you in your home or business, so when I was asked to share about my scariest moment this month, I was left floundering.

I, like many of you women, am a Mom.  That journey in and of itself is enough to scare our socks off some days.  My scariest moment isn’t just about being a Mom.  It’s about the journey I face with my son, who is conquering autism.

You see, my kiddo has always been super bright.  He sat at 4 months and crawled at 6.  He is active and loving… and yes quite quirky.  But at age 2 when he wasn’t talking, the doctors were concerned.  I was not.  “He’s a boy. I was a late talker. His needs are met. He finds other ways to communicate. He’s content.”  Those are all the reasons that I did not think his speech delay was such a big deal.  Still we went for the early interventions testing to appease the professionals.  By two-and-a-half, the child could count to FIFTY! I was amazed.  He wasn’t saying simple words like “ball” or “mama”, but there was definitely a brain working in that little noggin.  I still wasn’t worried.  Still, the professionals know best, so we took our label of “Developmentally Delayed” and began speech therapy.

It wasn’t until we had been through a few more years and various therapists that he received an official ADOS test and was given the official diagnosis of “most likely” autistic.  For me that does not change who he is.  He is the same wonderful kiddo.  It does express some extra hurdles we encounter – both educationally and socially.

Why do I say he is conquering autism?  In third grade, he started the year on grade level.  He is making friends. He is telling jokes. Every day he gives me some new reason to be proud of him.  Communication will “most likely” always be a challenge for him.  But he is learning so much and teaching me so much more along the way.  What a blessed journey!


Winter-2009-023-150x150About the Author
Julie Bavington has been a Professional Organizer in Jacksonville, Florida since 2007. Her areas of expertise include conquering paper clutter, setting up residential and office organizing systems, decluttering homes, and teaching through hands-on training. Julie has spoken to several local groups, including MOPS, MEMS, Women Enlightened, Watson Realty and other professional associations. She has been featured in the Florida Times-Union, Life: Beautiful, The Expectant Mother’s Guide, and several online publications. Professional associations include the National Association of Professional Organizers ( and Faithful Organizers.