Meet P.J. He was born on March 27, 2006 along with his fraternal twin brother, Danny to join the existing Pace Pack of myself, Colleen, my husband, Adam, and our 3 1/2 year old daughter, Kerri. The boys were born six weeks prematurely. P.J. had difficulty breathing, eating, regulating body temperture, and jaundice. For the first year P.J. went through all sorts of ear infections, colds, sinus infections, rota virus, and RSV. He had his adenoids removed and tubes put in his ears. After that first year was over, things seemed to calm down on the illness front. However, around 15 months, we started to notice he didn't babble like Danny, and he didn't have much eye contact. He also liked being left alone...
We brought our concerns to our pediatrition. His response was "I wouldn't be concerned until around age two". We went home and it just didn't sit with us very well. So, we called the doctor back and asked for a referral anyway. He sent us to a Pediatric Developmental Specialist. We made the appointment in August and did not get in to see him until January. Once we did see him, P.J. was put through a battery of tests. From EEGs and blood tests to ABRs (a sophisticated hearing test) and catscans. We received the official "Autistic" diagnosis in October, 2008, almost a year and a half after our first concerns were brought up. We felt numb and had no idea where to go for help.