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“Jack was around three years old but he still hadn’t started speaking. His pediatrician thought there might be a problem. The first specialist we saw said Jack might have autism but wasn’t sure. So we met with another doctor who said he wasn’t autistic but didn’t know what was wrong.
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare – you know your child has a problem, but you don’t know what it is. And if you don’t know what the problem is, how can you help? We needed answers but didn’t know where to turn. Luckily a friend suggested I take Jack to Memorial Hospital and the New England Pediatric Institute of Neurodevelopment (NEPIN).
They met with us and spent time working one-on-one with Jack, then did a thorough evaluation before they told us he had a severe ADHD and OCD. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to finally have a diagnosis.
Right away, they made treatment recommendations. And they helped me navigate the school system to ensure Jack gets the support he needs. Most of all it was peace of mind that I finally knew what was wrong with my son after two hospitals couldn’t help me and had only made me more anxious.
At one point, I thought I’d have to go to Boston for this level of care, but then I learned that NEPIN is the first facility of its kind in Rhode Island and was established 30 years ago. All the clinicians are on the faculty of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and they’re the only facility in the area that works with children from birth to the age of 21 so Jack can continue to receive the care he needs for years to come, right here in our own community.
Jack is ten now and doing really well thanks to the care he receives from Memorial and NEPIN. I’m in a group with moms of special needs children and we get together every Thursday night with our kids. New people will enter the group and ask for a recommendation on where to get help for their kids. I tell them my experience and tell them to go to Memorial.”