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Shortly after Jaxon was diagnosed, the Griggses’ second son, Ender, was also diagnosed with autism. ABA "worked miracles" for both, said Griggs.

"Before ABA, Jaxon was missing 10 to 15 days of school a year because of the emotional toll it took on him. I was bringing him to the doctor all the time because he complained his stomach or heart hurt; the stress was manifested physically," she said.

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"Today he’s attending school and getting better grades. ... We feel like if he wants to, he’ll be able to go to college, get married and have kids. That’s huge for us."

Griggs said other Utah children deserve the same chance.

"I know you can’t compare autism to cancer, that cancer is different," she said. "But you would never tell a child with cancer, ‘We have a treatment for you, but sorry it’s not covered and you can’t afford it.’ We don’t tell those parents, ‘Take your child home and watch them regress.’ "

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