The Faces of Autism: Meet Ryan

Meet Ryan a sweet 11 year old boy that was diagnosed with autism at 2.5 years old.  It was truly a pleasure to meet this young man and he was incredibly helpful and excited to help show me around the building to find his brother.

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Due to his brother, Nathan, being diagnosed, their parent's kept a closer eye on Ryan, watching for any signs of autism. Ryan is a sensory seeker and has issues with things like lighting and tags or zippers on his clothing.  He has a severe speech delay and ADHD.

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Ryan has an amazing memory for the things he is interested in.  He has a big heart and cares deeply about others.  Ryan loves sports.  He plays soccer, basketball, and football.  He enjoys going to Bismarck Bobcat hockey games and Bismarck Larks baseball games.  Ryan loves the outdoors to play and has a huge interest in anything to do with construction and emergency jobs and vehicles.

Ryan struggles academically.  He is a very hard worker, but it does not come easily for him.

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The family is incredibly grateful for some local resources including Family Voices of ND and Pediatric Therapy Partners.  And a big thank you to both Horizon Middle School and Century High School.