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My husband Garrett and I were married over 12 years ago in Atlanta, Georgia. In September of 2001 we found out we were having a baby, Collin Raymond Butch, who was born in May of 2002. We were a happy family of three and we filled the role of excited new parents well. I quit my job to stay home with Collin and be there for him daily. At fifteen months some things started to alert Garrett that Collin was not developing typically. I insisted that he was fine, and so did our doctor. I was happy to listen to anyone who would tell us that nothing seemed to be wrong. Garrett was not convinced and after persistent effort and research, he broached the subject of autism.
Honestly, my initial reaction was to completely shut down and block out what he was telling me. I knew nothing about autism, but I knew I did not want it in our family. I fought back tears and pushed the thought out of my mind as much as I could. As time went on, all of our friend's children who were the same age as Collin proceeded to hit milestones that Collin did not. Finally, I listened to my husband and we began to seek help.
We learned more about autism and became parent experts very quickly. We researched and researched and soon became a "Babies Can't Wait” family. By twenty months, Collin was diagnosed and began hours of intense therapy which included a hectic schedule of speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hippo therapy, music therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis therapy (ABA). We began to see results quickly and continued to see improvements in Collin each year. We are still true to our therapy schedule and Collin is on the GFCF diet. Collin is rising above this disorder's grip and we are proud to say that he has worked very hard to decrease his autistic behaviors and he is developing more typical behavior now than ever before. We believe that each of the therapies we tried has added to Collin's success, but we understand that our persistent efforts at home have been the difference maker in his progress.
As parents of an autistic child, we can sympathize with the emotional, physical and financial burden that autism brings to a family. We celebrate our son's progress and thank those who have helped us so much. With bittersweet emotions we are co-founders of Maximum Potential Group. Maximum Potential is an effective and affordable solution to overcoming autism. Our goal is to help parents like us achieve success with their children, and continue to learn the incredible lessons that life teaches. This cost effective program will bring ABA into the homes and schools of thousands of autistic families. Those who use the program include but will not be limited to parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, professionals and caregivers. We are so happy to be able to give something so desperately needed to such a deserving community. Thank you for your interest in our story, our company and our cause.
Lynne Glucoft.Her blog on Facebook is called “Autism – Living with Autism Daily” and I do write daily – sometimes even more than once a day about Michael. I am honest writer and I hide nothing from my audience because I started the blog with the idea that I wanted to educate people who knew nothing about autism and the severity of my son and how it impacted my life. Well, not only did I affect those close to me, but I affected people I did not even know (as my articles did as well – I have about 10 that have been published in various “special needs” magazines). I met many people through my blog and I look forward to partnering up with AutismRadio in meeting even more people from all over my world. I tell my readers constantly how much their comments mean to me. If I have touched one’s person’s life, than I have achieved my mission.
My readers have also helped me tremendously. I no longer feel alone and have met many people who have given me suggestions or supported me through tough times because they had been there. That’s what I want to do for others as I continue to educate about the severe end of the Autism Spectrum. I will be doing another presentation in May at my daughter’s daycare center and hope to continue on this path on advising parents, teachers, physicians, and the general public about autism. Looking forward to hearing from you
Zack Peter is one of the most driven and accomplished young adults today. As a comedian, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and award-winning philanthropist, he is dominating just about every industry he kicks his foot into. He spends his days traveling the country performing stand-up comedy, organizing and hosting events, and running his own business ventures. He is constantly balancing his professional life and his personal life, tryingto have a social life, all while still attending college. He was born, raised, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.Ryan Romero, is releasing a new single called "Through the Storm" April 23rd and all of the proceeds will be donated to Generation Rescue. The song will also be featured in their new 2013 PSA. Also, I'm organizing Rock Now for Autism, a benefit concert for GR that will be held April 26th in Hollywood. This is also where Ry will be debuting the single.