Dan and Dayna, Special Olympics 2014

Welcome to Autism Challenges.  My name is Dan, some call me Pat.  Thats a story for a different blog!  I developed this particular blog to discuss some of the challenges that exist for a family with an autistic child.   My wife Deb and I recently moved to North Carolina from Maryland with our three children, Dayna (16), Kiley (14) and Sean (6).  Dayna is diagnosed with severe autism, something we have been living with since her first diagnosis at age 2.  I’m not here to give answers or advice, instead its to provide a view from the inside.  Every autistic child is different, and every family handles different challenges in their own way.  I hope to be able to give you insight into our life, hopefully sometimes in areas you may not have thought of that other families may also be dealing with.  Thank you for your interest!

Wildwood Crest 2015

5 thoughts on “About Autism Challenges

  1. Please keep writing. Autism is truly a family diagnosis…I hope one day Scott and I can meet you and Deb and exchange stories!


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