The Diagnosis


January 15, 2015

Brad and I wanted to let you know that we finished up with a team of doctors today that tested Cody on several things. The results of this evaluation presented clear current evidence that warrants the diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Additionally, he has a Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder.

Our immediate next steps are Dr. Stormy White has sent a referral to a Pediatric Neurologist at Children’s (which can take 6-8 months before we see them) and that he receives comprehensive, intensive intervention therapy to promote his well-being.  This entails pursuing ABA services and Occupational therapy on top of the preverbal program that we start next Tuesday 4 days a week.  We are still learning what all this type of therapy means but here is a link for ABA.

We will learn to be the best advocate for our Cody Rivers – Learning more about his unique needs and abilities along with reaching out for support will enable Cameron, Brad and I to be a better family to CR and better partners for each other on this journey.

We are still learning what all this means and trying to process but we will pass along to you once we can digest it all ourselves.


Love you BIG

Published by mamalamaneustupa

Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

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