Aubrey Miles has penned a heartwarming message for her daughter Rocket, days after it was revealed that she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or ASD.
The actress shared her touching message for Rocket through an Instagram post on Monday, May 2.
Posting photos of her daughter, Miles said: "My dearest rocket. My greatest wish is that you always know how much I love you, and that you walk through the rest of your life knowing I'll always be there for you anyway I can. I will never be living my best life without you and your brothers. You guys are the best part of our lives. My time becomes more precious with you guys."
It was only last April 26 when Aubrey and her fiancée Troy Montero revealed that their daughter has ASD.
"We didn’t share this right away because we are still learning about ASD," they said. "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.
"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 can be physical but it’s not an issue and definitely not crazy. Autism is different for every kid."
According to them, Rocket has some of the common symptoms of ASD, including delayed speech, no eye contact, difficulty communicating, repetitive movements (like running and flapping her hands), and a hard time controlling her emotions.
"There’s a lot more for other kids I’m sure, but so far these are the things we see from Rocket. Autism is always present, in many ways. There’s no proven reason that’s 100% why kids get autism. It can just happen," the couple said.
"It’s possible for first time parents to think it’s the worst thing that can happen to their baby. It’s 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."
Currently, Rocket is taking speech therapy and occupational therapy.
Addressing other parents whose kids were also diagnosed with ASD, the couple said: "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."
Aside from Rocket, Aubrey and Troy have a son, Hunter. The actress also has a son, Maurie, from a previous relationship.