Today I’m chatting with autism dad and podcaster, Fred Marvel, all about his journey with his son Aleks. Their story starts out very differently from any I’ve ever heard before. When Aleks was just an infant, he suffered brain trauma caused by shaken baby syndrome. Fred shares how this happened after Aleks was being babysat by someone they thought was a trusted friend. Dealing with this unthinkable situation as new parents really forced Fred and his wife to become strong advocates for Aleks from the beginning. Amazingly, Aleks was able to make a full recovery by age three. After overcoming such incredible odds, Aleks started displaying some atypical behaviors. After being evaluated they were told he had some “autistic symptoms” but was diagnosed with ADHD and SPD. Because Fred is such a great advocate, they were able to get him all the services he needed. As time went on, Fred began to wonder if Aleks was actually on the spectrum. Just last year, they began seeking a diagnosis. Fred explains how getting the diagnosis was made even more difficult due to the pandemic. Fred and his family have had such a unique journey right from the start. I really enjoyed talking to Fred and I’m so glad he decided to start his own podcast, The Spectrum Dad! We had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening!
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Podcast: The Spectrum Dad
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