Autism is a disorder that holds much mystery and few definitive answers. It is a spectrum disorder that deeply impacts families and their children on many different levels.
An emotional reunion was held in the home of the Pratt family to talk about what autism means for them. Cheryl and Scott are typical parents of four growing sons, ages 17, 15, 13, and 9. Their second son Lance was given an early diagnosis of autism 13 years ago at the age of 2. Cheryl recalls those early years tenderly, with his Early Intervention Specialist Susie Maloney. Cheryl states" I don't know what I would have done without you!" When asked to recall what the biggest help in those early days of diagnosis and therapies was, Cheryl teared up and said,” I will never forget the day you showed me that Lance was capable of giving me eye contact. You gave me hope! I needed to see that he could be like other children.”