Aiming For Recovery

What is Autism and Why Do I Have it?

We knew one day Cal would ask this question, however, in my head I always thought I would be so much more prepared with an answer. Instead, I stumbled through my words and gave...

Wonder Twin Powers Unite for Autism

I have twin boys who will be 11 years old this summer and one of them has autism. Although Timmy was diagnosed with autism just prior to his third birthday, he’s been in therapy since the second day of...

Girls Have Autism Too

Every autism journey is different. This is our family’s journey with autism. Thirteen years ago, I gave birth to my daughter, Jordyn. At that time, I knew very little about autism. If you would have asked me what...

Our Two Autism Superheroes

We have 2 children, both diagnosed with autism. Our daughter, Sophie, is 6 and our son, Charlie, is 4-1/2 years. Sophie was born prematurely and with many complications after birth and in her first...

You've Got a Friend In Me

For years this quote has resonated in my mind. How do you overcome the thought of impossibility when all the odds are against you? Meet Anakin. Anakin is a seven year old boy who has Autism. His...

The Autism Monster

My son, Darren, was born July 4, 1999. My labor was long and hard on us both and, after two and a half days, it ended in an emergency C-section. He had swallowed meconium and the umbilical cord was...

Truman's Improvement

Truman was diagnosed with autism in 2007, just after his 3rdbirthday, which was also his first year of pre-school in an early intervention program. But earlier, he said his first word at six months of age, “baby,”...

Time for Action

Our son, Chase, was diagnosed with autism on his 4thbirthday, at the end of November 2012. At the time of diagnosis, Chase barely talked, and was already seeing a speech therapist. He had less than 30 words in...

Fighting for Another Day

After fifteen months of suspicion and wondering, my daughter’s neurologist gave me confirmation in the form of a written diagnosis: “Autism Spectrum Disorder, Encephalopathy.” The words echoed in...

I Found Hope

On July 7, 2009, at 2:21 a.m., our second child, Noah made his QUICK entry into the world at 39 weeks and 3 days gestation. He was born a mere 20 minutes after arriving to the hospital.  He was so excited to...

Gavin's Treatments

Gavin was a happy baby who rarely cried and was always content. He hit his milestones and was actually walking by around 9 months! When he was 3 years old, the doctor mentioned that Gavin was...

A Big Win

There’s more than one way to win over autism. I would love to be writing my daughter’s recovery story, with autism as an interlude instead of a fact of her daily life. Ten years in, Leah still has autism...

The Beginning of what was to Come

I was 24 years old when I had my son, Christian, in 1999. He was such a good baby. He started First Steps when he was 2 months old. He had a lump on the side of his neck and I noticed he couldn’t turn his...

Interventions Helped

When Aareck was born, he had some medical complications. He developed pulmonary hypertension, along with pneumonia. He was hospitalized in the NICU for ten days. For seven of those...

Lessons from the Autism Journey

Mia was a premature baby, born at 34 weeks.  I had a very complicated pregnancy, and to this day doctors still don’t understand my pregnancy.  I lost 40 pounds while pregnant, yet was never...

Teddy's Story

Our twins, Teddy & Tara, were born on June 24th, 2008. They were perfect, healthy babies. We realized how lucky we were and never took a second for granted as I had had an extremely difficult pregnancy. In...

A Fun and Awesome Kid

In 2006, we welcomed another baby boy into our family. Luke was born with a shock of jet black hair and a beautiful disposition. He was an easy-going baby, breastfed well (always hungry) and was a gorgeous...

When I Found TACA

I wasn’t at all surprised when our then 2-year-old son, Eddie, was diagnosed with autism. I had read a lot about autism and knew that Eddie had many red flags, especially the stimming and lack of...

Marcus' Journey

Marcus was diagnosed with autism two months before his third birthday.  There were signs that something was not quite right since he was a baby, but he was our first child and we didn’t know any better...

Spontaneous Language Explosion

My little guy has been working really hard to learn new concepts and improve his language and speech. Increasing his expressive language was a very slow and tough journey. That is, until one amazing...

An Extraordinary Moment

While I write this story, I am looking at my son, Beau. He is happily sitting on the couch wearing shorts and a t-shirt, munching on pistachios, and grinning while watching Ghostbusters, a movie he...

A Special Needs Journey

I thought I had done everything right.  I had opted out of a sonogram, ate organic food, used organic products, and exercised while carrying my son, River.  He was born naturally, without any complications...

Mommy Won't Ever Give Up

In our quest to help our son over the years, we have done some traditional and non-traditional treatments, I have read countless books, blogs and forums. I have been to so many conferences and...

We Have Come A Long Way

Tristan was born in November 1999 after a wonderful and uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery to a first time mom. He breastfed immediately and the first few months after he was born were “normal”...

Woody's Story: On a Mission for Woody

When Woody was diagnosed with autism at age 2, I went into a mad dash for services and interventions. I heard that some mythical window closes at age 5; the once-elastic brain becomes concrete...

Our 2-Pound Miracles

They say autism is a marathon, not a sprint, and I have to say I agree with that sentiment. Our marathon began in 2006 with the arrival of my identical twin sons, born at 26 weeks. Three weeks later we...

Little Heroes In Our Midst

If I had loved one living with autism, this is the type of story I would like to read. My story starts like any other day. I was in the kitchen preparing lunch for my kids. One therapist had just left after their session...

GOAL!!!

“Dad, I miss hockey.” That’s what my 6 year-old son, who has autism, said to me a couple of weeks ago as we were getting ready for dinner. I can honestly say that I never expected to hear those words from...

Autism Fathers

There’s a couple possible outcomes to that question. Some fathers are fully on board with the plan to save their children. Some fathers are confused as to what this strange group might have in store for...

TACA Dads

Am I A Unicorn?

Stories of autism moms have been shared and celebrated for years, and rightfully so. With a growing population of children being diagnosed on the spectrum, new autism moms are being inducted into this...

Uncles Should Be Fun!

It was exciting for our whole family when we learned that my baby sister Lisa would soon be delivering her second child, a little boy. My wife Sheila and I were invited to the hospital to meet the little guy shortly...

Zachary's Story

Zachary was born Feb 6th, 2004. Although he was sick at a day old, and almost non-stop for years, he was progressing in regards to developmental milestones. He rolled over early, sat up early, had some...

A Clear Connection

I live up in the hills at the end of a street that overlooks a mountain – great location, but cell phone reception is terrible. The most you can get is “2 bars” which means conversations are nearly impossible – you...

I'm Glad That's Over!

“I’m glad that’s over!” That’s what I thought every morning after pulling away from the school. I dreaded taking Charlie to school every day. And then as the school dismissal time approached, I dreaded going back...

S-T-E-P-H-E-N

They sat at the kitchen table – mother and stepfather on one side, 13-year-old daughter on the other. Silence suffocated the room as the girl wondered what she had done to prompt so stern a look on...

Jeffrey's Story - Part 1

The tiny, blond, blue-eyed boy was covered in love as thick as his favorite blanket from the day he was born. Everyone adored him and, in truth, he adored everyone back. People would walk into a room and smile...

Jeffrey's Story - Part 2: Finding Hope In 3 Little Words

When my mother told me that I was finally going to have a little brother, my heart immediately burst with joy. I began to daydream about all the things I could teach him, all the knowledge and joy I could...

Letter From A Man With Autism

As you probably know, I am challenged by a hidden disability called Autism or what some people refer to a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). Autism/PDD is a neurodevelopmental...

Dana Story: GFCG has Removed the "FOG"

My daughter, Dana, is my 17-year-old Autistic child. She is my inspiration to appreciate and stay focused on the true blessings of our great world. I have been a single parent, raising Dana alone, since...