2013 SPA FINALIST - Carolyn Van Houten

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?I kind of felt something was off, but didn't want it to be off.  So, we continued to just kind of wait it out and see if he'd outgrow some of these things; however, the longer we waited, the more he was not progressing,? Erin said, recalling the time before Marcus was diagnosed...Marcus spends much of his time at school watching children play outside.  Middle Creek Elementary is primarily for what the autism community calls "typical" children--those who do not have developmental disabilities.  Erin considers herself lucky that there is an autism-specific classroom in her area, for this type of classroom is becoming much less common and is vital to Marcus' development.