Traveling the maze of health care, school systems, and diagnoses in search of solutions to your child’s challenges can be exhausting. A new article on JaxMomsBlog details my journey with my son and a recent discovery that gave us some long-awaited answers.
I know I’m not the only one. At a volunteer event a couple weeks ago, three of the four moms confided that their child has a learning disability or developmental difference. I was one of the three.
I don’t have a name to concisely communicate my son’s differences. We’ve tried on labels like sensory processing disorder, childhood anxiety, PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections), ADHD, and high-functioning autism.
The stories and research around those labels are already out there and being discussed. And they certainly helped me along the way. But the part I feel like I need to share is the part I had never heard of before — a little known but common gene mutation that I’m still struggling to understand.
Here’s how we found it.