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Fundraiser for Liam's Autism Therapy

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My husband & I have a 4 year old son, Liam who was recently diagnosed as being moderately Austistic along with Receptive/Expressive Language Disorder & Developemental Delay. We have found ourselves in a situation where our entire world feels upside down. Each day, we learn a little bit more how to deal with the pain and try to figure out what the new "normal" will be in our life. We realize that things could be a whole lot worse and we are very grateful that they are not and that we are very blessed to be the parents of 2 healthy children. Liam passed all the milestones as a baby. He crawled, walked & spoke at the times he should have and always had eye contact. We didn't suspect a thing.....now looking back, after the diagnosis, I can see some possible things that may have been an indicator such as the room I nursed him in had to be very quiet....if anyone spoke he would cry and cry. Or how I often wondered why I couldn't seem to do the same things with my son that my friends were able to do with their kids without him getting so upset like a sensory overload and going over to anyone's house, he HAD to play with their doors almost the entire time....open and close, open and close. But it wasn't until just before he turned 3 that we starting thinking something might be going on. His language stopped progressing. He had at one time been advanced in it and all of a sudden his language abilities were falling behind and it was becoming clear that he didn't understand as much as he should. We went through a year of denial until it got to a point that we couldn't deny it anymore. While we expected something was going on, we certainly did not expect that it was Autism. This is so common now with so many babies being born with it, that there is almost too much information out there. So many different opinions of therapies.... We are trying to raise funds to get Liam some special therapy called The Son-Rise Program and it is by The Autism Treatment Center of America. http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/ They have a special kind of therapy that both James and I think feels "right". With this therapy, I as the parent would need to fly out to The Autism Treatment Center of America to their campus in MA and get trained to be Liam's therapist and then return home to start treatment with him. The results are supposed to be amazing with this. We are also looking in to perhaps getting some treatment by The Drake Institute if finances will allow. This is more of a scientific approach as they do brain mapping and almost a physical therapy for the brain. This would be an ideal balance to offer him. We understand that early intervention is key to giving your child the best chances at advancing and James and I will do whatever it takes to get the help that Liam needs. This is teaching me day by day how to be a better Mom and a better person. It will be a long road, but I am ready to travel it with the help of the Lord. Money is very tight for us as we are on one income and that is why we are trying to raise whatever we can to help. James and I do not expect a dollar from anyone, but are truly grateful for any amount no matter how small.

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