The Wyzlic Family| Arizona| Agnes Art & Photo

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Ryan, Age 7... "Funny, loving, inspirational." Words by Ryan's amazing Mama.  Imagery by the incredible Heather Kirchhofer of Agnes Art & Photo.

"We tried for 18 months to get pregnant and finally after 3 rounds of fertility help, I became pregnant with my miracle. Ryan arrived 4 weeks early weighing in at a tiny 5 lbs 9 oz. He was adorable and perfect! At 2 days old, when he was losing weight, the hospital staff decided to insert a feeding gavage and that's when his cleft palate was discovered. I was clueless and had no idea what that meant. We spent a week in the NICU learning to feed him with a special feeder and all about clefts. Because of his cleft, as he got older, speech was a major issue and he began preschool at age 3.

It was when he started school that I noticed things that were a little off with him. He still wasn't talking in more than short sentences and seemed to have behavioral issues. The teachers would constantly tell me that he did this wrong and that wrong. I knew in my heart that Ryan was not a naughty boy and fought to have him evaluated! After waiting 9 months on a wait list to see a developmental ped and then waiting for the ADOS test, I was relieved to learn of his multiple diagnosis because I now had answers and could provide the proper help Ryan needed and deserved! 

Ryan is my inspiration!"

Spectrum Inspired.