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For eight years, Chris believed his son would never speak a word. 

As a one-year-old, Chris’s son was diagnosed with a nonverbal form of autism. For Chris and his wife, the diagnosis was devastating. 

“We felt that we were judged by the world, that God was somehow punishing us,” Chris shares. 

For eight years, Chris and his wife struggled to go to Church and socialize with family and friends because of the fear of being judged. 

Then, out of the blue, everything changed. One day, for no reason at all, Chris heard something he never thought he would hear his son say. 

“The very first thing I heard him say when I got home from work that day was, ‘Dad, I love you,'” Chris shares. 

There was no explanation for it. For years, doctors had told Chris and his wife that they would never hear their son’s voice, let alone, “I love you.” 

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