Frank's parents came to Learning Rights because they were concerned with his behavior and speech, as well as language development. Frank, a six year old with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), would not play or interact with other students, nor did he possess the language skills to speak with his peers. Frank's parents asked for help from their local school, but their inquiries went ignored and no services were provided. By law, public schools must provide eligible children with disabilities a Free Appropriate Public Education.
Learning Rights zealously advocated for Frank and his family. As a result, Frank has made substantial improvements in school with the support of additional services, including a one-to-one behavioral aide. Since starting at a new school, he progressed from being unable to communicate his wants and needs, to communicating using single words. Frank has recently learned how to play Connect Four and he now plays alongside his peers. He continues to make incredible educational gains in behavior and communication.
It is estimated that 1 in every 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with ASD. It is one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities, yet one of the most underfunded. An autism diagnosis can occur at a young age, at 18 months or younger. However, a diagnosis at age two by an experienced professional can be very reliable. An early diagnosis and early intervention can be life-changing for children like Frank.