Read Stories of Success

Trisha’s Story

Benton County, MN

"I wouldn't change a thing about our journey. His success is my biggest motivation. He's what I live for."

Reid was born Aug 3, 2000 and was a happy, healthy baby boy. He was an easy baby, generally happy and content. After Reid's sister was born, I began to notice how differently she was developing than Reid. When Reid was three his behaviors started to escalate. He was having problems at daycare and I was receiving calls about his fighting and hitting. At first I thought it was basic sibling jealousy, I thought he was acting up because he had a new sibling to compete with. We tried behavior intervention strategies, employed a behavioral assessment team, enrolled him in Headstart and he attended a center daycare – we tried it all and still had struggles. To make matters worse, I was on the verge of losing my job because he was getting sent home every couple days from day care. It was rough.

At Reid's preschool screening, they requested to have him back for some specialized testing sessions. We went back three or four times where he was observed by the school psychologist, social worker, special educations teachers, etc. and assessed for a variety of things. His testing all came back "red flagged for autism."

When they shared his results with me, I felt so alone. What does this mean? Why did I get stuck with these issues? What do I do next? Who do I tell? Would he be treated different? I couldn't believe this. I felt worry, guilt, fatigue, anger, embarrassment and frustration. I wasn't sure I was going to make it.

Seven years ago we received Reid's diagnosis. If you would have told me the child I have today was the same child I cried so many nights over back then, I wouldn't believe you. Reid is doing amazing. He is mainstreamed almost 75% of his school day. His behaviors have decreased, his interests increased, and his peers accept him – he is a loving and fun kid!

Through being Reid's mom I have learned patience, creativity, stealth (sometimes juice isn't just juice!) and I know more about Thomas the Train than most, but the number one lesson I have learned is that I AM NOT ALONE! I have attended lots of training opportunities, I have done a lot of research and I have shared my story in an effort to connect with and encourage others in the same situation. I wouldn't change a thing about our journey. His success is my biggest motivation. He's what I live for.

Trisha
Sauk Rapids, MN

More Stories

Calendar

23
Aug

FREE Training: safeTALK

Please join us for a FREE training! CAMHI is happy to announce another session of safeTALK, a suicide prevention workshop.

...View details

30
Aug

CommUNITY Adult Mental Health Initiative Anti-Stigma Committee

CAMHI's Anti-stigma group's monthly meeting is held on the last Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm ...View details

07
Sep

CAMHI Joint Powers Board Meeting

CAMHI Joint Powers Board Meeting ...View details

View all Upcoming Events

Our Stories

Anonymous Flex Fund Story

Consumer shares story on how flex funds approved positively impacted their life. ...Continue reading

Read More Stories


Get Connected!

Enter your email address to be notified of upcoming trainings and anouncements.