This is Sweet Charlottes
Our story began in 2006, when our son Donovan was born. My husband and I embraced every moment, every smile, and every step, and we decided another child would complete this perfect picture. In 2005, Donovan welcomed a little sister, Charlotte, and we continued to celebrate all of the wonderful milestones that come along with infants and toddlers. During this time, however, we realized that Donovan was not yet speaking and very often seemed withdrawn. At 23 months old, he was diagnosed with autism and our lives were forever changed.
Fortunate to know professionals in pediatrics and early childhood education, we were offered support, guidance, and direction. As our family worked through those early trials, I witnessed the challenges of other families around me. I began to search for some way to make a difference; a way to raise awareness and funds needed to support children like my own.
As the parent of an autistic, I recognize the need to educate parents and families of affected children. By understanding what resources are available, parents can eliminate fear and become empowered to make the best choices for their children. Sweet Charlotte’s is my overture to generate support for the creation of such efforts.
–Molly O’Malley Pitman