Introduction

February 28, 2009 at 1:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Hi. My name is Tatianna Dickens and I started this blog because my son Zack recovered from autism. Having lived through this ordeal first-hand, I want to share my strategies and advice as well as hope and support to other families dealing with the struggles of autism.

 

Zack was diagnosed officially at the age of 3 (non-verbal, estimated IQ of 50, most skills in the 12-15 month range), but we suspected the dreaded “a” word when he was 2 years, 8 months old. It was at this time that we began our three long years of non-stop intense early intervention program. In other words…when he was awake, he was receiving therapy. By the grace of God, and with enormous help from family and friends, Zack has made so much progress; he no longer meets the criteria for autism.

 

Is he still a bit quirky? Yes. But he talks, has friends, plays on a soccer team, enjoys life and has an estimated IQ of 110 (verbal) to 120 (non-verbal). He is fully included in a 2nd grade classroom, receiving no special education services.

 

Was it difficult? Yes, beyond the scope of my imagination. Was it expensive? Yes. Very. Did this experience change our lives like no other? Yes. But do we have our precious little boy back? Yes! I get goose bumps just thinking about it, even now, years later. Was he worth it? A thousand times, yes!

 

There is hope for children with autism! Don’t give up!

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  1. I met Tatianna almost immediatly after my almost 3 year old son was given a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder from the University of New Mexico multidiscilpinary team. After recieving a tremendous amount of therapy (at least 40 hours a week) and being on the “autism diet” for 3 years, my son had his diagnosis removed from the very professionals who gave it to him. My son is in regular Kinder and is a wonderful, funny, very intellegent boy that adds great love and joy to our family. Tatianna provided a ton of therapy ideas and endless emotional support during a dark, difficult time. I am greatful everyday that I have the pleasure of knowing her 🙂 Thanks, Estee

    • Thank you Estee! Your testimonial is so beautiful and flattering. I still remember the day you told me about the removed diagnosis. I was so overcome with emotion and happiness for you, I could hardly breathe! Hopefully I’ll be able to help lots of other families through this blog. Please feel free to share my address with everyone you know who may be interested or have a need. Thanks again, dear friend! Tatianna

  2. This blog is such a spectacular way to use your personal story with Zack as a testimony. I think that it is so wonderful that you would take the time to reach out to others who might be struggling too. I know that you have researched this disorder. And, that you are very educated and experienced with this disorder. I know for a fact as an SLP major that many individuals who have kids with Autism would greatly appreciate this blog. That way they could come to you with any questions or concerns. Hopefully you will be able to help them. If you can’t, at the least you could always pray for them. Anywho, I just wanted to tell you how amazing it is that you are willing to help others. Tiffany

  3. Tatianna – I stand amazed at how much God has blessed you and your family, and those of us who are fortunate enough to be your friends! Because of you, I was able to gain the courage to learn about my own son’s disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome) and get him the help and the relief our family so desperately needed. Thank you for being a shining light of hope for families who struggle with Autism or similar disorder, and for the strong encouragement to seek a professional diagnosis and change his diet – what a difference it has made for us and for him. May the Lord continue to richly bless you as you give people hope! Mary

  4. Tatianna– What a wonderful way to tell your story about Zack. It makes it easy to keep up on his progress through all of your efforts. I remember when Petr first talked to Frank about Zack. Blessings to you, James, Abbie and Zack. We will continue to follow your progress and keep you all in our prayers.
    Linda and Frank

  5. I love your blog! Great idea.. please join my blog.. I talk about Autism sometimes… I have four kids and cover all areas of parenting: http://knottyawetizmmama.blogspot.com/ and add me at Autspot so we can chat about Autism: http://www.theautspot.com/profile/knottylbc/

    Great Meeting you,
    Jane


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