It’s Not the End of the World for My Child

January 29, 2018

Ashely (32) and Barrett (4)

When asked, “What was it like for Ashley (32) and Allen (34), at the time of their 2 year old son, Barrett’s diagnosis”, so many things come to mind for them. 

Before his diagnosis, they had never heard of autism or what it was but they remember very vividly being told by their pediatrician, your son will never be like “normal” children or adults. 

Ashley remembers, “Barrett was diagnosed with severe autism the day before Thanksgiving in 2015. “It was a day of sorrow and disbelief that changed our lives forever.  Read more


Noni’s Perfect Plan

January 11, 2018

Andrew (9 years), Nicholas (10 years), and Noni

When Andrew was 2 years old, Noni noticed a change in his speech development compared to her first child’s behaviors.  He stopped making the sounds and babbles (saying ba-ba-ba or ma-ma-ma) to begin making words.

Andrew’s pediatrician sent them to a specialist who diagnosed him to be on the autism spectrum disorder.  Diagnosed at age 3, she remembers feeling very confused, quite scared, nervous and concerned for her son. Noni enrolled Andrew in Jabber Gym which provided speech therapy and occupational therapy for Andrew. 

Noni was paying for speech therapy and occupational therapy services. No one had mentioned to her that these services would be covered by the Alta California Regional Center. The services were becoming a financial burden when her Alta California Regional Coordinator called her.   The first step the Alta Regional Coordinator did was arrange a home visit. A report was completed and Alta Regional began paying for Andrew’s sessions at Jabber Gym.  Read more


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