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    Ringing in the New Year

    Good evening everyone! I again apologize for going so long without a post. Can you believe it is already mid February?! We have been so busy here in our little part of the world, that the new year has just been flying past! With that being said I wanted to bring you all up to date with Sean’s medical stuff. A couple new curve balls have been thrown our way. In December, of 2018, We had several appointments come up for Sean. The first, and rather insightful, appointment was to see a GI Specialist. I was so happy to see Doctor P, to talk mainly about diet, but he ended…

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    7q11.23 Micro-Duplication Syndrome Continued

    Ok guys, I feel like I have been on an emotional roller coaster ride since I first wrote my post about Sean’s genetic diagnosis, 7q11.23 Micro-Dup Syndrome or Dup7 for short, a few weeks ago. While writing it, I realized I knew the bear minimum and had the hardest time get my thought together to share. My first thought afterwards was, “How can I fully share our story if I cant fully explain it to myself and family?” I then began asking myself, “Wait what is this 7q11.23 exactly? Why do I keep hitting these brick walls looking for information? Why can’t anyone explain anything to me? Why do I…

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    7q11.23 Micro-duplication Syndrome

    One of the many steps Brent and I had to take to get Sean’s Autism diagnosis was a highly recommended genetic test. Dr. Hans Swingle, Sean’s developmental specialist, explained to us that there are many other complications that can come along with Autism and that a genetic test can help us determine those possible issues sooner rather then later. Brent and I played with this idea for a few weeks since we would have to travel a good 5 hours north to the UAB Genetics Department. We were unsure as to how important of a role it would truly play for Sean. After Sean’s MRI and EEG came back with…

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    One Year Ago

    August 15, 2017 was suppose to be a normal day for us. For the most part it was. I spent my morning cleaning, taking care of Charlotte and Sean, and getting myself ready for my afternoon at work. The only different thing in my schedule was Sean’s pediatric check up. As I was getting us ready to get out the door I made my normal prayer asking that ” Sean not stem ( not knowing that’s what it he was really doing) in front of the doctor so she could see he was ok. that this is/was just a phase.” I often told myself he was good and I had…

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    How We Explained Autism to Charlotte

    How We Explained Autism to Charlotte Charlotte had just turned six years old when we started the diagnostic road for Sean. I was having a hard time understanding Autism myself, and struggled with whether I should tell Charlotte what was going on with her brother. Fortunately or unfortunately Charlotte is very smart and knew something was going on. One night, out of many conversations Brent and I were having on the subject, she walked into the room and asked ” What is wrong with Sean? What is Autism?” You know what? I honestly did not have a good answer at the time. I was still feeling kind of numb with…

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    The Road to Diagnosis

    What have we learned in the last year: I feel like we have been given a crash course in Autism 101. Luckily, Brent and I have been very fortunate to have found a fantastic diagnostic clinic right here in Mobile Alabama. It is the University of South Alabama Developmental Diagnostic Center. With it has come great doctors and staff. Ready to answer an questions you might have. In order to get an appointment you will need to have a referral sent to them from your pediatrician. The diagnostic process feels like a very long tedious journey. It all starts with another evaluation ( if you are just now starting this…

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    Early Intervention Services

    One of the first terms I heard and researched, on this roller coaster ride, was EARLY INTERVENTION or EI! Every where you look you will read about how important early intervention is for your child with special needs. Ok great…. But what is it? What happens? How do you get started? In our case, early intervention started the moment I called the State of Alabama to have someone come out an evaluate Sean for developmental delays. Mind you I knew Sean was delayed but I did not think it was that excessive. (100% denial on my part) Fortunately, for our family, someone called me back the next day. (It can…

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    Stimming and meltdowns…..

    Yesterday and today have been rough in our house. Sean’s stemming has been the worst its been in a long time this entire week. Typically, he rarely stems while at his Mimi’s house, but even she said he was almost panic like. I try not to look at Sean’s behaviors as being Autism related all the time because I want to treat him as normally as possible. However, this week, his normal stemming was followed up but some other not so frequent behaviors for him. 1. Throwing his head back and forth 2. Clawing 3. Kicking 4. Refusing to eat 5. Crying and screaming for long periods of time 6.…

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    Sean’s Early signs…

    ( I would like to start this out by saying these are strictly behaviors we noticed in our son. In the research I have done a lot of his behaviors seem to be the same in others diagnosed with Autism. BUT every autistic child/person is in fact different. They may show all the classic signs of Autism where others will only show a few of them.) Autism… What is the first thing you think of when your hear this word? For me personally, it was confusion. I knew nothing about it because I had never experienced it one on one. I distinctly remember hearing it in my work office one…