Part 3 of Our Journey to Autism Support and Help

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CPS had come into my home.  It felt like an interrogation, an unwarranted interrogation.

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I do not spank my children.  I do not neglect my children.  The reason for them even coming over was they had received a complaint that two children lived in my home who were school age and did not talk. It was a hurtful accusation, and partly true.  My kids did not communicate the way most children do.  My children grunted and used their own languages.  My children were different.

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That is absolutely no reason to call CPS.

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The same day CPS stopped by, they dropped the case.  The question was, where do we go from here?

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CPS had the answer.

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I am not sure if I called Presbyterian Family Services, or if CPS did.  I do remember the first time I met with them.  They came to my home, and they were wonderful.  This was the first time anyone actually had a plan.

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The ladies from Presbyterian referred us to Lakes Regional MHMR.  I remember I was so nervous, and I had absolutely no idea what to expect.  What I had expected was not what happened.

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What I got was someone who listened.  What I got was compassion and understanding.  For the very first time, I got someone who knew what we were going through.  They got the ball rolling.

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All of these years, all of this time I had spent not knowing where to go and what to do, all this waiting, it was about to be over.  I had people on my side, and people who wanted the best for my family.  All this time we spent in the dark, I was on my way to finding out exactly what this was.

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And what it was was Autism.

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We just had a few more steps to go, and we would finally get there.  We would finally have our diagnosis.  We were just one psychological exam away.

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And the next part of the journey began.

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