This story is very personal and one that I hope inspires others to trust their instincts and seek help for their children. Diagnosing Autism at an early age is absolutely critical in order to get early intervention treatment at a time when it's most effective.
Looking back on the journey our family has experienced, from first hearing the word “autism” to where we are today, I cannot stress the importance of early intervention enough. It wasn’t easy then and it’s not easy now, but exposing her to early therapy gave our family the resources we needed to help Ava. Now five, she has worked so hard and flourished in ways I couldn’t have imagined. She has developed into a dynamic, high energy little girl with an incredible amount of love in her heart. Today, she looks people in the eye, expresses emotions, behaves with some flexibility, plays with friends and has proven she has the tools to get through each day.