Janet Keall knew that her second son, Harrison, was different from the moment he was born in 2002. As Harrison grew, his anxiety and frustration became more apparent, and Janet knew that she needed to seek help.
In January 2011, Janet and eight-year-old Harrison met with Dr. Keith Marriage through the Mental Health Program at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Marriage interacted with Harrison to get to know and understand him. He was diagnosed with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorder and absence seizures.
Through therapy and medication, Harrison has changed from being withdrawn and having meltdowns to being able to function in social settings like a typical 10-year-old. Just two days after starting his medication Harrison greeted Janet at the door and gave her a huge hug without being prompted for the first time in his life. It was a moment that Janet will never forget.
The days still bring challenges for Harrison but Janet is relieved knowing that she has ongoing support from BC Children’s Hospital.