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When my son was diagnosed with autism, I was overcome with emotion. For months, we had been confused, exhausted, and despairing of our son’s struggles. Finally, his severe behaviors, perseveration, OCD, sleeplessness, challenges to communicate, and anxiety made sense. Finally, we had an answer. Finally, we could get him the help he needed. And for that, I felt a tremendous sense of relief.
Our son’s diagnosis opened doors that otherwise would have been closed to him and to our family, and we hit the ground sprinting to get him the services he needed, including weekly occupational therapy, speech therapy, social skills groups, floortime sessions, and more. Over the months and years, we saw him improve by leaps and bounds. We would never change his level of care. We would do it all again in a heartbeat.
With that said, the journey has not been easy, and one of the most difficult aspects our family and all families with special needs children must face is the financial impact of the care our children need and deserve. I am often asked why our financial needs are so great…
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