The following is a testimony we would like to share from a family we have helped thanks to the WithMerci Foundation’s support:
My son, Wyatt, is five years old and has been diagnosed with severe non-verbal Autism, behavior disorder and aggression issues. He also has Epilepsy, Asthma, a rare stomach disorder, and many other health conditions. Wyatt has a twin brother and was born two months premature.
After spending the first 6 weeks of his life in the NICU, Wyatt started receiving ECI therapy at home at the age of four months to address developmental delays. He crawled, sat, stood, and walked about 6 to 8 months later than his twin brother, but was otherwise a happy, affectionate baby.
Around the age of 2.5 yrs, we started noticing a big personality change. At first, we thought him hitting his head was just a stage and that he would eventually take an interest in playing with his siblings and toys like our other children. When he completely stopped babbling and saying mama, we became concerned and had him evaluated. As it turned out, the psychologist not only discovered Autism, but also absence seizures that we confirmed with a neurologist and further testing that came with his Epilepsy diagnosis.
Since age three Wyatt has gotten bigger, stronger and much more aggressive. PPCD was focusing on academics, when really his behavior was the issue that was tearing our family apart and going to prevent his success in life. My husband and I knew that full time ABA therapy was the only answer for Wyatt but after calling program and after program, we also knew we couldn’t afford it on a single income. My sister suggested that I apply to Autism Rescue Angels for help and they were really our last hope. I remember writing the email and then holding my breath. I didn’t even tell my husband because I didn’t want to get his hopes up.
Well, Autism Rescue Angels answered our prayer and covered our insurance deductible. The change in sweet Wyatt since beginning ABA is nothing but a miracle and the support that we all receive from the Texana team is amazing. We went from feeling like we were drowning to feeling like Wyatt is on a path to succeed and we are on the same team working towards that future. It is hard work, but having answers and plan is more than I could have hoped for less than a year ago. My boy is smart and capable of doing great things and now his behavior issues aren’t going to hold him back. I am one proud and thankful mama.
Thank you again for everything!!!