In chapter 7, it was revealed the toll that Schuyler’s developmental delays took on the family as well as the secrets that were being kept from each other. We learned that Robert and Julie both had affairs that took place at this desperate time. We learned that Robert suffered from depression and Julie suffered from despair over her child’s inability to communicate; both feeling like failures as a parent. As Schuyler was missing developmental milestones, their marriage started to suffer and they began to pull away from each other. Robert discussed his despair and contemplated jumping off a bridge thinking that perhaps Schuyler would be better off without him. Julie moved out but left Schuyler with Robert, giving him a reason to live. In the end, Julie returned home after a week and a day and they slowly reconnected and began rebuilding their lives.
–Karen Reynolds, SLP at Hartstern Elemantary