Aubrey Miles and Troy Montero’s three-year-old daughter Rocket has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and the couple candidly opened up about their journey since her diagnosis.
On Tuesday, April 26, Aubrey and Troy made a joint statement on Instagram about Rocket’s developmental condition, detailing how they have educated themselves about ASD and what their journey as parents has been like since.
“Autism awareness for Rocket,” the actress wrote in her post. “Yes, our Rocket has ASD, Autism spectrum disorder. We didn’t share this right away because we are still learning about ASD. It was important for us to educate ourselves about it. At first we were confused, and questioned ourselves, how and why. We searched around for an ASD specialist before anything else.”
Aubrey went on to shed light on the common misconceptions of ASD and offered wisdom from her own experience: “Some people might think someone with autism acts crazy, has mental problems, physical issues and other stuff. Yes, it’s mental but not a problem, yes it can be physical but it’s not an issue and definitely not crazy.”
To further expound on Rocket’s diagnosis, Aubrey listed the common symptoms of ASD which are displayed by Rocket:
“As for rocket she has the common symptoms like; delayed speech. No eye contact. Difficulty communicating. Can focus on one thing for hours. Repetitive, she does things over and over again like running and flapping her hands,” she enumerated.
“If you can say you’re an introvert because your doctor said, then you have to meet a kid/person with autism. Almost like an introvert, can be a loner but never alone,” she added.
“She flaps her hands when she likes something, another way to address her emotions. Cries her heart out like nobody’s around. From 1 she can get to 10 real quick. When you hear it, sounds like she’s getting hurt but really she just wants her toy or something that she cannot express,” she described Rocket.
She continued, “Hard time controlling her emotions, sometimes there’s no middle. Happy or sad, laughing or crying out loud, and don't know how to stop.”
“There’s a lot more for other kids I’m sure, but so far these are the things we see from Rocket,” she explained. “Autism is always present, in many ways. There’s no proven reason that’s 100% why kids get autism. It can just happen.”
Aubrey also expressed support and pieces of advice for parents whose children have received the same diagnosis.
“It’s possible for first time parents to think it’s the worst thing that can happen to their baby. It surely can be scary and who knows what the future holds but definitely not the worst. You just need to know where to go, what you’re dealing with, finding the right therapist, the right support groups and lots of love. We’re still in the process of learning. It’s going to be a long ride,” she said.
According to Aubrey, Rocket is currently undergoing ST (Speech therapy) and OT (Occupational therapy) which help her learn “activities that she will encounter in her daily life.”
In the comment section, Troy continued Aubrey’s post to give more words of comfort and encouragement to parents with “a similar story.”
“If you have a similar story, please don’t hesitate to message us. There’s a support group, a community for parents who have kids with autism. You’re not alone. We will embrace and understand each other. Keep your faith high and do the best that you can. Stay strong. Appreciate the love and growth of our kids,” he wrote.
Aside from Rocket, Aubrey and Troy have a 13-year-old son named Hunter Cody Sandel Miller.
The couple got engaged last March after 18 years of being in a relationship.
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