Strides For Autism Team

Team J

Team Captain: Stacy Lewis

(Fundraising Goal: Raised $100 of $200)

When our son Jonathan was only months old, we knew he was different. For years we struggled with managing his rage, his inability to focus, his lack of eye contact and words, his obsessions with various toys and subjects. All the while, we searched for a doctor who would listen. His pediatrician dismissed our concerns, saying he was just high strung, maybe a little behind. We went through several psychologists and psychiatrists, spanning four years, and several different medications; none of which helped. Finally we found a child psychologist willing to listen. At five years old, Jonathan was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (now called Autism Spectrum Disorder), ADHD, and compulsive/impulse Control Disorder. Since that time, we have found a new pediatrician, who referred us to a Developmental Pediatrician, and life for Jonathan is wonderful. If someone had told his almost ten years years ago that we would be where we are now, we wouldn't have believed them at all!

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