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Boston Brother and Sister Battle Odds to Overcome Autism with Help from Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Date:5/19/2013

Pad. He has also learned to play 10 songs on the piano including "God Bless America" which he plays for his class while they sing. He also just received a Golden Eagle award at his school for best behavior in his classroom and his reading work.

Torin's sister, Kaia, was observed closely since birth. Kaia seemed to be developing at a typical rate; she pointed and responded to her name when called. In fact, her parents thought she might be gifted because she knew at least 100-200 sight words/labels by the age of two. However, CARD pointed out that, in spite of her advanced decoding, her ability to link two words together into approximated sentences or follow multi-step direction did not exist. Kaia was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 18 months. She began receiving 20-25 hours of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy from CARD immediately. At age three, she was also given a clinical diagnosis of Hyperlexia (a precocious early ability to read/decode and in most cases accompanied by difficulty with comprehension and encoding). Kaia is currently a social butterfly, and her teacher describes her as a very caring and kind student. She attends full-day kindergarten with minimal assistance. She still receives 15-20 hours ABA therapy with CARD. Her family believes it is likely that her diagnosis will be removed within the next few years.

CARD will feature Torin and Kaia’s unique and uplifting stories in its “Mission Possible: Portraits of Hope” video series beginning Monday, May 20, 2013.

“I want to share my family’s story because many parents are still encouraged to ‘just wait and see,’ instead of seeking a pediatric neuro-developmental assessment when they begin to have concerns about their child, or in other cases, a parent may receive an autism spectrum diagnosis for their child and then seek a second opinion because they fear the label or think of A
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