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Kaylee’s Story of Recovery

Kaylee was born on a beautiful summer day, born healthy and normal with an Apgar score of 9. Never once did the word “autism” cross my mind as a possibility for her. No one in my family had ever been diagnosed with autism before. Kaylee hit her developmental milestones on time, she was a happy baby who was social, loved music, and enjoyed reading books a few times a day with me. She used to love to share her food with me, and she loved it when I would say “How big is Kaylee?” and she would happily respond with her hands over her head “so big!”

At twelve months of age, Kaylee pulled my face to hers and gave me a big kiss. A few weeks later, Kaylee became an empty shell of herself. She no longer kissed me, or said “so big” anymore. She didn’t respond to her name, and she lost her speech altogether.