In Depth: Hope on a Leash
by Jeff Baillon / FOX 9 News
As an infant, Kadin did all the things that melt a mother’s heart. By the time he reached a year and a half, however, he was disconnecting from everyone — even his mom. He would scream a lot, wouldn’t sleep and he struggled to communicate.
“A lot of his behaviors come from him not being able to get out what he needs to, when he needs to get it out,” said his mother, Marjorie Okerstrom.
Kadin is Okerstrom’s second child diagnosed with the developmental disorder called autism. Her son, Tanner, has had great success in therapy — enough to be mainstreamed in school. Kadin’s case is more severe.