On July 15, 2014 at 2:12PM I was blessed with an 8lb 15oz baby boy, and we named him Donavan Emanuel Wise. This was the start to my new journey as a mother for me being that he is my first child. Like every mother, I capture EVERY moment… but then I started to notice he wasn’t like the other kids. He was making little to no eye contact, he wasn’t responding to his name, and he would get so upset when we were in large crowds. I spoke with his doctor, got his ears checked, and got him signed up for speech therapy thinking that would help. After a year of speech and not seeing a lot of positive feedback, his father and I started to get a little more concerned. Because he always has a smile on his face, laughing, singing different song (even though it was just the tune of the song) we felt like everything was OK but we knew something wasn’t right. We finally took the courageous step to get him tested. July 2017 he was diagnosed with Mild Autism (also known as Asperger’s). His father was very receptive of the news but I took it a little hard. My baby is being “labeled” but what could I do other than love him harder. I’m still struggling to accept it because I know he will grow out of this. But for what it’s worth we will be doing any and everything necessary to get him on track. I currently have a business in which I named “Navanod’s Styling Services” which is his name Donavan spelled backwards. So I’m using my fashion platform to be a voice for him and all autistic kids, adults, and parents of children with this condition. Don’t be silent… don’t be ashamed… open your mouth because your story can help someone else. This Shirt represents him “Color outside the line”. My belief is everyone has some Autism in them, we just express it differently.
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