Monthly Archives: September 2015

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Autism Detected Late in Minority Children

By |September 3rd, 2015|

Preliminary research has found a delay in autism diagnosis for minority children. On average, the developmental disability is diagnosed by the time a child is four years old, but autism expert David Mandell at the University of Pennsylvania says minority children are being diagnosed as much as a year and a half later than White […]

Our Journey, Part 4: Tips for Families

By |September 2nd, 2015|

Tips for Families
Ahmad and I learned so much on our journey. Here are some tips that can help your family.

Early screening and diagnosis is key. The earlier you can start interventions, the better the long term outcome typically is.

Always, always trust your gut instinct. If you think something might be wrong with your child, it […]

Our Journey, Part 3: Sharing Our Story to Help Others

By |September 2nd, 2015|

Leveraging Our Journey to Help Others
In 2011, Ahmad and I decided to put our hard-won wisdom to work. We were shocked by the statistics that show the gap between age of diagnosis of autism between white children and African-American and Latino children: Ages 2 to 3 for the average white child versus ages 6 to […]

Our Journey, Part 2: Finding the Right Place for Gabriel

By |September 2nd, 2015|

Finding the Right Place for Gabriel
We went through years of trying to find the right school, the right programs and a place where Gabriel could thrive. It takes a lot of patience, and it is a lonely place for a parent to be.

It was also really hard for Ahmad and me to find services on […]

Our Journey, Part 1: Early Warning Signs

By |September 2nd, 2015|

Early Warning Signs
Our concerns about our son Gabriel began before he was even two years old, with his speech delays. At the time, I was working in an early childhood program and social services so I had access to developmental information about young children.

My gut was telling me something wasn’t right. I would bring home […]