Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockman knows how lucky he is.
The 39 year-old R&B star and his wife Sherhonda are the proud parents of three children, a toddler daughter and 9 year-old twin sons.
Son Micah developed autism around his first birthday.
He and his wife talked frankly with CNN about the devastating diagnosis, the challenge of finding the best care and making sure the other children feel special too.
Stockman was especially honest about one thing: Money.
Special schools, behaviorists, speech therapists are all extremely expensive.
‚ÄúWe learned through our journey with Micah just how fortunate we were, having money,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no way a normal couple or a single mom could afford this,‚ÄĚ Stockman said.
It‚Äôs with this gratitude that the couple decided to launch Micah‚Äôs Voice, a non-profit to benefit a family with a child suffering from autism.
The goal of the organization would be to cover the day-to-day costs of caring for and educating the child.
Stockman and his wife know all too well what a daunting task it all is, even if money weren‚Äôt an issue.
He said that his son seemed normal up until his first birthday. Then he seemed to shut down.
‚ÄúIt was drastic because Micah was the first one to talk, the first one to walk,‚ÄĚ he told CNN.
The diagnosis was heartbreaking and threw the family into unknown territory.
‚ÄúI ddn‚Äôt know what to do,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúOne thing a man hates when it comes down to his family is not knowing what to do.‚ÄĚ
The couple was lucky to find an elementary school where both twins, Ty and Micah, could attend.
They have a two-year old daughter who also needs love and attention.
Still, it‚Äôs a hard and heartbreaking path.
‚ÄúAll you want for your sons is to grow up and develop a life of their own,‚ÄĚ he said, growing emotional. ‚ÄúAnd to know that it may not happen for my son Micah is extremely hurtful,‚ÄĚ