NEW HAVEN - The signs were small at first: tip-toeing instead of walking, uncontrollable tantrums.
But when little CaDien — who had been developing some words — went virtually silent, his mom, Casey Ogman, knew his symptoms needed to be addressed.
CaDien, then one and a half, was diagnosed with autism.
"I just didn't know anything," says the New Haven woman. "I just knew, 'OK, he has autism. Now what?'" She struggled to figure out the "system of services" for a few years before stumbling on a Facebook page about a local support group: "I'm so glad that I found it."
Created in January 2015 to help parents in the inner city, founder Tracey Foskey has become a saving grace — a sounding board — for a growing number of moms and dads.
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Contact Foskey on Facebook to learn more about the TJAY Foundation.