Since March 12, 2015 my world has changed. I suppose really it was way before that but that was the day I actually heard the word autism come out of a doctor's mouth. That was the day things were confirmed about my son and that was the day so many things changed but remained the same. My son, Owen was with the Birth to Three program, he has now been to two doctors that have given him the autism diagnosis and numerous other doctors. Not one of these people really gave me the next steps to how to help my son. I wonder sometimes did I not ask the right questions, did I not have enough of a bewilderment look on my face or is it just something they don't do. I wish one of them would have said here are the next steps for autism, giving me a resource guide, something but yet nothing. How do we get these doctors to get the patients the help they need, like connecting patients with the Autism Training Center? The only reason I knew to contact the Autism Training Center was because another parent told me about it. Yes, I Googled everything I could about autism and saw the site but because it wasn't right in my area I didn't contact them right away but they send stuff to me. So how do we get these doctors to help us? I would think that it should be an easy referral for any doctor to make to send parents to a facility for advice and direction. I would think that the doctors could easily hand out a packet that has the Autism Training Center or another facility's information to call. I am very new in this journey with my son but I'm very motivated to make this journey easier for all that follow me. I would like to start a support group in Charleston. I think it would be great to have people that have been down this road mentor people like me that are just starting this journey. With the help of the Autism Training Center I have found many resources. If you are in my area and have a child that has been diagnosed with autism call them they will help.
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.