This episode focuses on the Autism Spectrum, a disability that most do not understand and it deserves to be explained and shared with everyone as so many families are dealing with it.
Candi Spitz first discusses the work she does with 211 Helpline in Palm Beach County, part of a national organization that offers 24 hr telephone assistance for any crisis. They can help the disabled, the elderly, those who feel suicidal and so much more.
Candi has twin boys age 11 who have Autism. They seemed “normal” but suddenly at age 18 months both of their behavior totally changed. There are no 2 cases alike, not even her twins.
Candi enlightens the listener about her journey to get the proper diagnosis and treatments and therapies for her twins. She is so grateful to have found the best support for her kids.
Sean Sullivan is a young man who wants to be “The voice of Autism” He discusses the challenges he has faced including being abused and bullied and misunderstood. He wants to teach and encourage everyone as he continues to reach out as a spokesperson and educator of what Autism is and what life is like for those on the spectrum. Sean touched Candi’s heart when he talked about having friends and SPEAKING UP…two important things she wishes for her twins.
Because Autism is a fairly new diagnosis it is important to listen to Debby’s guests and find out more about it and share what you learn with others.
Families are important and when something affects one member of the family, it affects them all. Our guests today share at least one DEFINING MOMENT and their experiences with Autism will change your life forever. Each lives with Autism daily. WHAT IS AUTISM? — Autism spectrum disorder, which includes a range of disorders from autism to Asperger syndrome, is a development brain disorder, not a mental illness. Like most children with this developmental brain disorder, the twins were born “perfect,” Candi says. How their lives changed when the boys turned 18 months old will be one of our topics. Sean is young man who has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Growing up with Autism was very hard and tiring. He had few friends and many peers would get pleasure and enjoyment in teasing, making fun and even hurting him physically! He now STANDS UP for himself and is sharing his story so the world can understand how incredibly talented and strong he is.