In a World Of Dual Incomes, Finding Good Daycare For A Special Needs Child Looked Hopeless; Mom Opens New Online Store

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Mother takes on a new role after giving up 15 years in the Air Force to stay home with her Autistic son.

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After 12 years in the military Audre was a respected and seasoned E-6, with 2 sons and a soon to be ex-husband. At the age of 3 her son Cameron was diagnosed with Autism. Cameron did not speak, or play with other children and his only reaction to situations was often violent. After Cameron was diagnosed, Audre actually felt relieved, there was a direction to go in, places to get help, and she wasn’t just a bad mother. Her ex-husband (now) refused to deal with the situation at all. There was “nothing wrong with my boy”.

As the nights grew longer, some autistic children don’t sleep well, and the ex-husband (now) grew more difficult, life seemed to fall apart for a time. There was a divorce, tests, tests, and more tests on Cameron, Kyle seemed to be having a hard time with all the attention he felt his brother was getting, and her daycare provider was about at the end of her rope trying to keep Cameron in line. When Audre thought all was lost, she met a wonderful man that seemed to just make everything fall into place. Except the daycare problem that was becoming increasing difficult. She couldn’t keep leaving work every time Cameron became too difficult to handle.

Audre left the military and followed her new husband to Georgia. She still had to work and provide for her family, but trying to find quality daycare was almost impossible. One center she went to said “Autism I think of heard of that…didn’t we have an autistic child once”. Let’s just say Kyle and Cameron didn’t go there. Knowing that she needed an income Audre tried to work but the pressure of a special needs child and daycare providers that didn’t understand his needs were too much to take. Cameron is a beautiful child but becomes over stimulated easily, and needs more direction than other children his age.

Knowing that financially she needed to work, but also needed to be there for her son, she decided to open an online store Being a dedicated 9 to 5er (or 6 or 7 what ever the military demanded) this is a new chapter in her life. She also wants to highlight other businesses with special needs children in mind. On her site she will always ask you to donate to the Autism Society of America but will be happy if you just come to shop.


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