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. http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/treatment/applied-behavior-analysis-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