Article originally published by DFWThrive here.
By Kelley Wooley
“I assumed Riley would live with us forever,” says mom Davila Niesen.
Since her son was a baby, Niesen and her husband Robert knew that something was “off.”
“For a long time, we just kept being told that he had global development delays,” Niesen explains.
Finally, when Riley was 8 years old (the earliest age allowed at the time), he had testing done through Plano Independent School District. His vocabulary was very limited, which made testing all the more difficult. Results revealed an extremely low IQ and a likely diagnosis of autism.
“We heard the words but as parents, we had no idea what they really meant,” recalls Niesen. “The results gave us some answers but Riley’s future was still very unclear.”
The future often looks nebulous for children like Riley. For parents, just the thought of planning for their kid’s […]