I brought my son to see you as he has been suffering with severe upper abdominal pain. As we walked into your office you were standing by ...

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I brought my son to see you as he has been suffering with severe upper abdominal pain.

As we walked into your office you were standing by the door waiting to greet us.

You greeted my son first and held out your hand so that he could shake it if he wanted to.

Straight away I knew you had read his notes before seeing us.

I didn't need to tell you that my son has autism.  

You already knew!



From the moment we walked in to the room you conversed directly with my son.

You made jokes with him, and even though he didn't laugh you could see he had enjoyed them.

I could have cried tears of joy at the way you made sure he felt comfortable, and how you spoke directly to him, as you would any other patient.

You didn't rush him as he struggled to find the right words to describe his pain to you. 


You were careful not to use any words that may trigger his anxiety, knowing that the idea of having blood tests could cause him to go into meltdown.

And you did it in a way that didn't make him feel like he was 'different' to anyone else!

As well as doing all of this for him you made sure you listened to my concerns as well.  

You didn't brush them aside, as so many doctors have done before you.

These things may not seem like much to others, but to us they were HUGE.

I normally dread our doctors visits, knowing that I would leave feeling patronized and no better off than we were before we went.

But not this time!


I tried to thank you as we left, but I have a feeling I was rambling a bit.

I told you how much it meant to us that you listened and spoke to my son like a 'grown up'

I asked you if you are okay with us requesting you for any of my son's future appointments.


I could have hugged you!

I could have cried!


This is the first positive doctors visit we have had in a VERY long time.

If only you knew what a difference you have made.

Thank You... from the bottom of my heart.

Missy x



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