Jessie was our first child and at birth it was quickly picked up that she had DDH (developmental hip dysplasia) which meant both of her hips were completely out of the sockets and she looked like a little frog, which was a complete shock to any parent. She spent 6mths in a Pavlik Harness in the hope this would rectify the hips but it didn't so she spent the first 12 months of her life in various casts and harnesses.
When she was 16mths we started to realise she wasn't quite like the other children at playgroup and would actively remove herself and play alone, lining up cars or looking at the plug sockets, but as new parents we thought it was just a phase. When she had her 2 year dev check the HV raised concerns that she didn't really look or engage with her, and that she only had about 20 single words but over 100 Makaton signs which we had been using as a dev tool. Thank goodness we did as she would not have been able to make her needs known. By age 3 she started to say a few sentences and was given a place at a specialist nursery school.
Age 8 we received a formal autism diagnosis and we discovered trampolining which she excelled at. At age 10 she became the British disability trampoline champion and continued to excel, representing Great Britain as it was practical not academic. She really struggles academically and has quite complex learning difficulties. We have recently been back to the orthopaedic hospital as she was having severe hip pains which have stopped her trampolining. Tests have shown she has slight DDH again so will be having reconstructive surgery in the next few months which is devastating for her but we will take it one step at a time.