Life gets busy having 6 children in the family and can seem out of control, at times, when 2 out of those 6 have developmental disabilities.

In fact, I was so consumed with the needs of my three oldest children (then 3, 4 and 5) I didn’t originally suspect anything out of the ordinary with Jonathan who was later diagnosed with autism.

In the beginning, before Jonathan was diagnosed, I really didn’t see anything different about his behavior…or maybe I just didn’t want to.

You know how kids are at a young age. They can display some weird behavior, yet be perfectly healthy, which is the reasoning that initially threw me off the trail so to speak.

Jonathan would spin around in circles, stare into space, avoid crowds, lack parallel play, line up objects, lack of eye contact, take steps downstairs one at a time, be fascinated with game shows like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and watch the same movie repeatedly.

Looking back it all seemed “normal”. In fact, I thought he was extraordinarily bright since he began reading at the age of 2 1/2, when he read the word “recycle” off of a truck.

Even mishaps give a clue yet I chalked it up as an “accident” when Jonathan was so fascinated with the computer that he became mesmerized by it and ended up falling off the computer table on two different times, which resulted in stitches both times.

Sometimes, against all logic, we refuse to investigate or even believe what is happening right in front of us.

How did you finally overcome the denial that something was just not right?

When did you first come to realize that something was amiss?

Please share your story with me, what you did and what happened.

To share your story, leave a comment below.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Karen Simmons
Mother, Wife, Author, Founder & CEO of


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