Four years ago Michelle McKeever and her husband Paul felt like prisoners in their own home as they tried to cope with their then three-year-old son who had been diagnosed with autism.
Our daughter was born with a chromosomal defect called Ring 18. During her first year, she was very hypotonic (low tone), and had poor eyesight, hearing, and sense of touch.
Doctors diagnosed him with dyslexia. When he told a story, he often started in the middle. Even when he saw an accident happen, he told the story in the wrong sequence.
Some days he would just bang his head on the floor, or pick at the skin on his arms until it bled. The faintest of noises other than his own hurt his ears.