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Abi was born 10 days overdue via emergency c-section after a knot was discovered in her umbilical cord, which caused an asphyxia event. This resulted in the loss of oxygen to the right side of brain, which caused the left side of her body to be a little bit cerebral. Abi was in NICU for 5 days so the nurses could monitor her heart.

When Abi started daycare, the staff noticed difficulties with her running, walking, standing, climbing and gate. We had a meeting to recieve support for Abi and were referred to the Alvin Buckwold Child Development Center.

We received support in the ways of multiple 10 week blocks of OT, PT and speech therapy, as well as feeding clinics and playgroups. They were so amazing!

Abi was diagnosed as being globally and developmentally delayed. She was (is) VERY high energy and a very curious child.

We received treatments from the Alvin Buckwold Child Development Center from November 2016 through until March of 2020. Abi was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and Hyperactive Inpulsive ADHD in March is 2020. We were told that HIADHD is very rare in children with ADHD, especially in girls. Her developmental pediatrician wanted to do an Intellectual Cognitive Assessment on her in July 2020.

Then Covid happened.

Abi has grown into a beautiful, smart, kind and caring young lady. She loves Disney princesses, learning about people’s differences and cultures, reading, swimming and martial arts. She is sweet and funny and full of spunk.

In September of 2023, we received a letter that Abi’s Intellectual Cognitive Assessment would be happening in October. A couple of days after it was completed, he Dr phoned me to ask if I would be willing to have Abi assessed for Autism.

After the assessments were done, Abi was diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability and Autism. The amount of love and support that we have received through Abi's journey has been incredible. I will continue to advocate for Abi, as she deserves the same supports, opportunities and respect as any other child.

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