In episode 12 of WeSTAT, JessK shares a deeply uncomfortable moment from the archives: grappling with her daughter's Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis and whether to share it, with whom to share it, and when. Throughout the 40 minutes of this recording, JessK starts at the very beginning of their journey and takes us down the emotional road she and her husband had to travel as they worked to get their daughter support, the angels they encountered along the way, and what it still means for her, for them.
Packed with statistics, useful information, and resources, above all, this episode is a love letter to her little girl. JessK shares her story as a tribute to those who hold the hands of children with special needs, and allows us to be a part of the emotional process of the retelling. She will leave you with a “moment of joy” as she highlights the work of the Eliza Hope Foundation (https://elizahope.org) and updates us on her daughter's amazing accomplishments thus far.
Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html
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