“As soon as we had the diagnosis, we got help. Early intervention is so important if you suspect a problem or if you just have a feeling that something’s not right. Cole’s been in therapy for years now with the Harwood Center and has made so much progress. He’ll be five next year and will start kindergarten. For his future, I see things I never saw before: I see a school system where he’s in a normal classroom. I see him getting a job, moving out of the house, and having a real life. I didn’t think that was possible in the beginning. I honestly thought we would be caring for him the rest of our lives, but because of the help he’s gotten, I think he’ll do great.
“Autism is a medical diagnosis that he will most likely always have, but that doesn’t mean he is incapable of living a full and happy life like any other child. I love him so much, and I'm so proud of him. I especially love his hugs and kisses. And in those rare moments when he just wants to take my face in his hands and look me in the eye, I know I’ve done the right thing for him.”
The Commercial Appeal: Memphis Harwood Center for children with developmental delays open to all now (9/8/13)