Giving my son the chance to just be a kid

Giving my son the chance to just be a kid – Jo Ashline, Orange County Register

Exactly one week after turning 2 years old, my son Andrew was diagnosed with autism. Within days of the diagnosis, he was properly enrolled in all of the necessary therapies: physical, occupational and speech. We immediately began implementing an intensive behavioral intervention program and our home quickly became our autism headquarters; our kitchen table permanently littered with research materials promising very little, and our hallway cluttered with therapeutic toys and adaptive equipment.