I had the great honor of presenting to The New York Center for Child Development in Harlem, New York about early intervention and school-based services for children with autism. During my talk I reflected back on my life as a toddler living with autism. I broke down some of my challenges and the need for educators to learn the early signs of autism. In particular i discussed auditory processing, articulation delays, gross and fine motor dyspraxia and overall sensory issues that those with autism could deal with.

“In the end, we have to remember though that, even though early intervention is the key that, autism is growing up, and we have to understand that autism is a lifelong disorder that will follow children into adulthood.”

Want to learn more about the early signs of autism? Find them at www.autismspeaks.org. I’d also recommend downloading our 100 Day Tool Kit which discusses different therapies and services for the first 100 days after someone is diagnosed with autism.