I’m just a mom who always wanted what was best for my children but did not know what that was or how to get it. I am just a mom who has struggled, fought, cried, given up, and argued while trying to help my sons. I have felt helpless and hopeless so many times throughout their lives, but always managed to keep a smile on my face.
I was just a mom when I was told that my son was speech delayed and had low muscle tone. I believed what I was told. I had no idea that it was not true. It was not the whole truth. It was not the real truth.
The truth was that my son had autism. The truth is that my son has autism. I was a mom, now with a diagnosis for my son, and had no idea what to do with it.
I am still a mom. My son still has autism. I can’t change the past but I definitely can affect the future. A few years ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered in my life and, without hesitation, I answered that I wanted to be remembered for helping children with special needs. Little did I know that I would move forward in that direction so quickly. But, years later, I am actually reaching out, taking steps, and constantly striving to help parents and children like mine. That is, was and always will be the primary purpose of My Favorite Therapists, the company that my husband and I created.
I am a lawyer by trade. My husband is a businessman. We are not therapists, psychologists or doctors and we do not pretend to be. We are parents with experience and knowledge of what it is like to try to help our child when we know something is wrong and don’t know exactly what it is, what to do or where to go.
There are so many labels and abbreviations these days…visual processing disorder, auditory processing disorder, developmental delays, ADD, ADHD, aspergers, autism, cerebral palsy, OCD, ODD, and more. Understanding that there is an issue is just a tiny step for parents like us. Accepting that we alone are not equipped to “fix the problem” is a little bit harder. Navigating the path of finding a therapist, a school, a mentor, a trustworthy resource and other help often seems nearly impossible, both practically and financially.
There is so much out there on the world wide web that it can be overwhelming.
We may not have done everything right for our son, but we did not and will not give up on him. Our son is now 13 years old. He is the inspiration and driving force behind My Favorite Therapists. He has so much potential and opportunity to continue to grow, to learn new skills and to succeed in life. Like us, you are the only one who knows what it is like to walk in your shoes. You are the only one who truly knows what it is like to live with your child, to wish for your child and to fight for your child. You are your child’s greatest advocate and best chance at success. Find that inner strength and do all that you can to make it happen.
Kimmy Katari, mom to 4 amazing boys
Our highly skilled team of therapists provides an inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary team approach to working with families and their children with unique needs