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January 5, 2012

Raising Autism Awareness Part 3: A Family's Journey

My name is Trina McField, I am a parent of two twin boys, ones name is Chance, and the other is Chad. They're two years old now. When I first found out that Chance was diagnosed with PDD, I really saw the regression, because he was saying Mamma, Dada and he was just a happy baby. He always did everything faster, picked up quick, faster than Chad. So all of a sudden he just became quiet, just steady and still, no reaction, nothing. Then I noticed something is not right, so I took him to my pediatrician and he said, He's still young, he'll develop in time. I noticed that Chad was doing way advanced things, he was walking in his walker and Chance didn't want to walk in his walker anymore, he just wanted to stay still. He didn't really cry, so that was abnormal to me. He should cry and he should react to things. He didnt react when you shake a toy in front of his face, those were clear signs that something wasn't right. Mom had been waiting for a while she had waited for an accurate diagnosis and she had been waiting for services, and she had been learning a lot and knew that there were effective interventions out there but she was just becoming very impatient in waiting for Chance to be able to access those resources and intervention. I was depressed, I was angry, confused, its just a whole bunch of feelings that you are going through, because here I have another son, whose progressing at a steady pace, and I have Chance who I feel like nothing is being done for him and I can't help him. While watching the rethink autism videos, I feel like the information is very easy. Not only are you printing out the sheets (Lesson Plans), but you are actually seeing how the therapist actually interacts with the child. Anyone can follow the steps and do the program. Its not rocket science, its just 1 - 2 - 3, thats it. Once Chances Mom had the recommended lessons on the rethink autism program, she started running lessons with him immediately. For me its most rewarding when I'm sitting at home and I'm actually sitting there working with Chance and I see the steps working and I see Chance is making progress, he is standing still, Chance is starting to point. Now we have things to work on which also can be fun. I'm teaching him, but we're also interacting. Its really important to have parents actively engaged in the treatment process because they are the ones who are with their children the most, they are the ones who know their children the best, and they have to be directly involved so that their children can be making progress and learning twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. In the next video, well see Chance 5 months later and see how ABA and rethink autism gave Tina newfound hope.

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December 20, 2012