My Journey in Holland by Samantha J (Yakima)

We couldn’t agree on parenting our 3 year old son, who has Autism and sensory processing disorder. This diagnosis came with so many new things, we didn’t know where to start or who to turn to for advice. Then one day I got an email saying that a new Holland session was starting in the Spring.

At the beginning of the year my (then) fiancé and I were in such a terrible place in our relationship. Family outings were a struggle. Our home life was busy and complicated. We couldn’t agree on parenting our 3 year old son, who has Autism and sensory processing disorder. This diagnosis came with so many new things, we didn’t know where to start or who to turn to for advice. Then one day I got an email saying that a new Holland session was starting in the Spring. I was hesitant to sign up for this class, but in the end, I decided I didn’t have anything to lose and I called to register.

When the day came to start Holland, my fiancé and I were greeted by the staff with welcoming arms. I knew then that I had found my home. In the group we discovered that we weren’t the only ones going through this and we got a lot of help along the way.

When we graduated from Holland we came out stronger as a couple and as parents. My husband could finally understand our son on a new level, and was able to communicate and interact with him in fun and successful new ways.

We were married this fall. If it wasn’t for Holland, I’m not sure where our relationship would be today. Not to mention I gained some awesome new friends from the group as well. I can’t thank Parent to Parent enough for everything they have done for me.