April 5, 2012
By Spencer's Mom
I am a mom of a four year old boy with autism named Spencer! He loves Toy Story and time with his friends at the Montessori Autism Program he attends in our hometown of Folsom, CA.
Spencer was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three, but presented with symptoms as early as eighteen months of age. At age three he was nonverbal. He was often frustrated and cried a great deal of the time. With a heavy heart I contacted our pediatrician to obtain a referral to Alta regional, California's social program which helps children with developmental disabilities. Through Alta, Spencer was evaluated.
After the evaluation, my suspensions that Spencer had autism were confirmed. I never felt so lost or alone. I feared that I may never have a close relationship with my son. I didn't know how to reach him and I felt so helpless.
It's been over a year now and with help from several special needs programs; I am happy to report Spencer is talking, making friends, and we have a wonderful relationship! Spencer is doing so well! We still struggle. Parenting a child with Autism is no easy task, but it feels twice as rewarding! I'm so proud of all Spencer's hard work and enjoy watching him grow. I have hope now and a love not only for my son but for all kids on the spectrum.
April 10, 2013
The Autism Society, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization, has chosen Pittsburgh as the host city of its 44th annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.
April 5, 2013
Individuals with autism can attend the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition (in Pittsburgh) for FREE this year! Learn more: www.autism-society.org/conference.
April 3, 2013
Monarch Teaching Technologies, the makers of VizZle®, web-based educational software for visual learners with autism, will give one-year of free VizZle to every new (or renewing) Champion Member during April.
April 2, 2013
Read the Autism Society’s digital magazine about autism spectrum disorders!
April 2, 2013
Today, throughout the world, individuals will come together highlighting the needs and dreams of people living with autism.