Monday, August 26, 2013

Family Finds 'Light at End of Tunnel' at Michigan Autism Center

PORTAGE, MI It was a year ago when Allan Macaulay left a family camping trip early after another one of his son’s violent outbursts, only to sit on Hiawatha Behavioral Health’s crisis hotline for an hour.
His family of five, then living in Engadine in the Upper Peninsula, was falling apart.
John Anthony with his parents
Allan and Jessica Macaulay. 
I called the crisis line because I want to know where the director lived so I could bring him to her house,” said Macaulay, 43. “I was so frustrated ... The aides were trying their best, but they didn’t have training. We wanted some professional help or someone who knew more than we did.”
John Anthony, 11, was diagnosed with severe autism when he was about 3 years old, and the help the family had been receiving just wasn't enough.

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