Autism:aw-tiz-uhm:a developmental disorder that appears by age three and that is variable in expression but is recognized and diagnosed by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by stereotyped behavior patterns especially as exhibited by a preoccupation with repetitive activities of restricted focus rather than with flexible and imaginative ones

It has been almost five years since we were first told that Gavin may have autism. A time full of teachers, learning experiences, starting school, sleepless nights, food battles, doctor battles, and so much more. This is our journey to recover our son from a force that we FULLY BELIEVE to be reversible. It is our story and I hope that in some way, by reading about our victories and struggles, it helps others fighting autism. There is HOPE. By no means are we finished with the fight, in a lot of ways, we are just beginning. I believe we are on the edge of some incredible breakthroughs both personally with our son and with the medical community as a whole.
Welcome to our journey.

12 Responses to “My Journey to Rescue My Son from Autism”

  1. Emily said

    Em…oh man! I’m all choked up. I believe in what you are doing. I support you 200%. I’m so incredibly proud of you and your passion to save your baby. My prayers, my love, and my convictions are with you. I’m here for moral, spiritual, and emotional support. Godspeed.

  2. someone special is at the door . . . it's GRANDMA!! said

    We are in this with you! I pray that others will be encouraged because of your willingness to share your struggle. You and Josh are awesome.
    Oh, and did I mention that Gavin and Liam are the most wonderful boys in the whole wide world??!?!?

  3. ggbarb said

    Emily & josh God bless you and the boys, Keep your hope and strength alive.

  4. Aunt Jeanne Beanie said

    Gavin, Em and Josh.. if anyone can overcome this it is you! I truly believe this is something that needs more public awareness and I commend you for putting this out there. Stay strong and keep your faith. We love you and our prayers are with you!!!

  5. Stacy & Josh said

    I just want you to know how much we love you all, and we are always here for you with anything we can do to help. Gavin is a great kid, just keep on fighting for him and even on the hard day just remember God has great plans for him.

  6. aunt marcie said

    oh em–I admire both you and Josh for your patience, love and determination. My heart goes out to you. Gavin is such a sweet, wonderful boy and with all of our help and prayers I know this trial can be overcome. Bless all of you.

  7. Jody said

    Em~
    Thank you for doing this blog and helping us all understand what you’re going through. What you are trying and learning is important information for many. Our prayers are with you and your darling boys.
    Love, Jody

  8. Bridie said

    Emily, I think it is so wonderful that you are sharing your stories. I can’t say that I even begin to understand what you are going through. But we did spend a good 2 years wondering if our Gavin would ever “catch up” or “be normal”, and we spent a year working with Early Access ourselves, and they were awesome. If you EVER need anything, just let me know. Gavin is going to be great, even if his journey isn’t quite what you might have expected.

  9. sarahc33 said

    I love your blog! Your story sounds a lot like ours. I started a blog ring as a way to connect sites about recovering children biomedically from autism. I was wondering if you would be interested in joining? This is my site wakingsophie.com and the web ring is on the sidebar on the right. If you would like to join just click the join button.
    God bless,
    Sarah

  10. Melissa said

    I thought you’d like to use my blog as a resource about information you may not know about. http://honesthealthadvice.com/ – FYI: I’m Denise Harden’s daughter-in-law. Some of the research I’ve been looking into has been effective in treating autism.
    Also, I would suggest looking into LT Organic Farm for whole food that could profoundly help Gavin. http://www.ltorganicfarm.wordpress.com – You should at least call and talk to LT (that’s the guys’ name) about autism and nutrition. He used to be a well known heart doctor who was fed up with the poor nutrition education in the US and started his own farm.

  11. Pam said

    Hi, I was just referred to this site through a mutual friend and this is the first I have heard about your situation. I have been working with children who have special needs now for over 22 years (the last 6 years specifically with children who have been diagnosed with autism). I can’t say I know exactly what you are going through, but I do know many, many families that are in this struggle with you. Please let mw know if there is anything that I can do to help. I have many resources through work and through the families of the children I work with that I can refer you to. I have so many memories of you Josh when you were just a little boy yourself, mission trips, youth group and even taking your senior pictures. My heart goes out to you, as I am writing this I am too choked up for words. Autism is a struggle that noone should have to deal with and it hurts that much more to have someone that I know join this struggle. Our God is a BIG God and I will be praying for you and your family to be pointed to every possible resource available to help you. (sorry for writing a “book”) Through Him, we can. Hang in there and keep rejoicing in the little things.

  12. Bart said

    Hi!
    I just wanted to share this amazing inspiring video with you. It’s the story about Laura and how she fully recoverd using the Son-Rise Program. http://youtu.be/zMIlJk0et5A
    Warm regards,
    Bart

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