"The Ross Therapy Group isn’t just a business to me; it’s my world and my heart."
When my son, Jake, was diagnosed with autism at three, it felt like the end of the world. I read as many books as I could get my hands on and did as much research as I could. In 2012, all the books seemed dismal, all proposing such varied theories and “cures.”
After two weeks of what I like to call “the mourning period,” I pledged to myself and my son that above all else, I would smother him with love. After embracing Jake’s diagnosis, things progressed quickly from there. People seemed to almost fall into our world and changed everything. I call them my autism angels.
A family friend introduced us to applied behavior analysis (ABA). I hadn’t heard anything about it at the time, and it seemed overwhelming to have a stranger in my home every day.
Then I met a woman who changed Jake’s life forever: His first teacher who has been with him now for over five years and is both family to us and an intricate part of my agency. Soon after, I met another loving and dedicated angel, who has also been with us for five years.
Jake is now in a mainstream classroom and engages with me in conversation as if he had never even been diagnosed with autism. Every night when he says, “Mommy, I love you,” I sincerely thank God.
I have been blessed to have my son surrounded by loving and dedicated people, and being able to give families the same hope means the world to me.
The Ross Therapy Group isn’t just a business to me; it’s my world and my heart.