‘She met all her regular milestones, but her speech didn’t develop.’: Mom of 3 recounts daughter’s autism, rare Microdeletion Syndrome diagnosis

“The initial realization was a sharp kick in the guts that took my breath away. It felt like living in a parallel universe at times. I often had to switch from being an isolated, struggling mother trying to navigate this foreign special needs world to participate in ‘normal’ life with Isla’s sisters.”

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