Annette shares an update on her oldest son, Tyler, as he enters a new and exciting chapter life.
“My son, Tyler Jansen is 18. He just graduated high school from Liberty High School in Wentzville School District. Tyler was 6 when his dad died in 2008. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was 2.5 years old, and was non-verbal for the first 5 years of his life. He slowly started talking due to the amazing teachers and therapists he has had throughout his life. He has not had an easy life. From having Autism, communication deficits, social deficits, and an intellectual disability to medical issues with his eyes, heart, and spine. I struggled to keep it together finding the services that he needed all while raising two other children without their father’s help. Fast forward almost 12 years and my son with Autism has graduated high school and is enrolled in The Succeed Program at UMSL this fall. The Succeed Program is a college experience specifically tailored to students with Special Needs.”