60 Day Follow Up

This week marked Jacob's first 60 days under the care of Dr. Jerry Kartzinel. Our youngest has endured two months of daily supplements, 30 hours of ABA therapy, 12 hours of speech therapy and 2 hours of occupational therapy. The biggest question people want to know -- is it making any difference? Yes. And no. [...]

Our Support System

I rarely do things alone. I've never lived alone. Before motherhood, I rarely visited stores alone. In college, I preferred to study as part of a group. Even professionally, what I love most about middle school counseling is that there are two of us working together. So it would stand to reason that once the diagnosis [...]

Our Red Flags

A question we often get is, how did we know? What was it that we saw, or didn't see, in Jacob before the official diagnosis that had us questioning Autism to begin with? To set the stage, you must know that the saying "ignorance is bliss" is very true. Unfortunately, we didn't have the privilege [...]

Our ABA Nightmare

When the pediatric psychologist first diagnosed Jacob with Level 2- Autism, the experiences attached to my 11 years in education suddenly flooded me. What does Level 2-Autism even mean? I needed someone to translate that to educational jargon --- is this a SPED case or could he survive on a 504? Are we talking self-contained [...]