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Jacqueline Laurita has been through a lot in her life, and as we approach the one-year mark of her 3-year-old son Nicholas’s autism diagnosis, things are really looking up.

In her latest autism blog on Parenting, she admits that there is no map to “sunshine and rainbows” for her and her family, but Nick’s getting healthier every day. At first, she said “he had dark circles under his eyes, wasn't sleeping well, and was suffering from digestive issues,” but that changed when he started on a “gluten-free, casein-free diet.” This change can “potentially help clean some of the toxins from his body so he would be able to get the most out of his therapies, which range from speech to physical to occupational.”

However, the most exciting therapy for Nicholas is something we all know and love: music! Jacqueline noticed that Nick would “dance and smile” while watching Jack's Big Music Show, Yo Gabba Gabba! and Blue's Clues, and that “he loved to sing the alphabet song.” Sadly, he wouldn’t talk, but she figured out that “music could make an impact” and turned that into a new way to help his health.

“Now we have a music therapist who comes right to the house,” she dished. “She interacts with Nick by singing and playing the guitar, and he responds by filling in words. It's incredible to watch.”

Aww! That sounds great, and we’re so happy to hear about Nick’s progress. We did admittedly get a little teary-eyed at the end of Jacqueline’s blog, in which she said, “My son can only say a few words right now. I don't live for the day that he speaks. I live for the day that he speaks to me.”

Source: Parenting