Courtney and John noticed their daughter Bella didn’t interact well with other children. She didn’t speak until she was three, so they thought her behavior problems such as biting, scratching, and hitting were because she was having a hard time communicating. Bella received some assistance in her early years, but at 9 years old a series of events led Courtney and John to check Bella into a psychiatric ward. Her stay there was life changing for all three of them. Bella received an Autism and mood disorder diagnosis. From there there were able to get the proper treatment, direction and a plan of action.
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