Carter developed as most typical children and hit all of his milestones until the age of 11 months. At that time Carter stopped talking completely. He had been saying things like “all done, bye bye, I love you, mom mom and sissy” and we all assumed that teething, getting 4 molars at the same time was the reason. At 14 months old “Gee-o” (grandma to Carter) joined us in a trip to the doctor and the only thing I remember was her looking at me with concern while the doctor called his name over and over with no response from him at all. At 17 months old Carter was diagnosed with Autism (Regressive type). I recall the first time we dropped Carter off at 18 months old to the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism as the youngest student they had encountered to date and watched my baby walk in with his tiny little backpack on, I cried for hours. Since that time Carter has grown and we have watched him progress on the spectrum and have witnessed the effect that Autism has had on our lives.