From infancy, Jack and Gabe had both missed developmental milestones.
Lauren knew her sons needed special care – they had trouble rolling over, talking, and socializing. Over and over her doctors told her to “wait and see.” But her sons weren’t catching up, and she was tired of having her concerns dismissed when her instincts told her something wasn’t right. That’s when she found Dr. Piven and the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, and before long, the family had an answer: both boys were diagnosed with autism. Finally, the family had a plan for moving forward.
The most difficult part of the entire process was the repeated denial we got that anything was wrong from our hometown medical community. Once we finally got the actual autism diagnosis, we were able to take steps forward and get Gabe and Jack the help they need.
They now have hope that one day, because of studies like this, early intervention for other children with autism will be possible – so no more mothers have to worry like Lauren did.