The Faces of Autism/Grant

Meet Grant!

Grant is an adorable 5 year old boy that was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder at 3 years old.  He loves music, swimming,  swinging and playing outside.  He has an amazing smile, gorgeous eyes and is already quite the flirt and ladies man!

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At 2 years old, right around the time his younger sister was born, Grant's language regressed.  He stopped saying the things he had previously said.  He stopped playing with toys he used to like and no longer gave good eye contact.  Grant stopped responding to his name and he lacked focus.  Many people told his parents to not worry, that he would catch up, even though they felt like something was not quite right.  Grant is non-verbal, but that doesn't mean there isn't hope that he will talk someday.

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His mom has some amazing words of wisdom and insight:
"Autism is the hardest, most challenging thing I have come across in my life thus far.  As a mom, trust your gut instinct.  Research and ask questions.  Never give up!  Take time for yourself and other family members and build a strong support group.  Celebrate the small victories!"

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