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"My 2-year-old son was recently diagnosed with autism. He stopped talking altogether at 18 months but I kept thinking, “There is no way my son could have autism.” It was always one of my biggest fears. But there it was, through many professionals I was told, its autism…"

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"The saying, it takes a village is magnified when you have a child with autism and we have built a small army of family and friends who support us, love us, and want to see our son excel."

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There I was sitting in the office contemplating what my friends and family had said to me leading up to the appointment… “It’s just a speech delay” “All boys talk later than girls” “No, not your son, he’s so smart”

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That’s the thing about autism – it isn’t always glaring or obvious. These children don’t walk around with signs on that say “I have autism”. Their struggles are internal and they are often times misunderstood by their peers.

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I don't know if others understand the excitement I feel when Drake picks up a toy on his own and plays with it the way it was intended. Or when he said "mom" for the first time.

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There are so many wonderful things about Jake that make him the most magnificent boy you will ever meet. He is constantly smiling and singing, which makes everyone he meets smile along with him.

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