April is National Autism Awareness Month - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

April is National Autism Awareness Month

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, bringing together knowledge and understanding into a disability which affects so many across the country.  

One local boy who has completely changed and is thriving, even with this developmental disability.

At the age of two, when most kids are saying around 200 words, Ezra Baker spoke around five to ten. His ability to concentrate and complete normal tasks was nearly impossible.

In September of 2011, Ezra began working with speech therapists at Baptist Health Pediatric Therapy Care. At two years old, his fine motor and visual skills were at a six month delay.

Now at almost four years old, he's excelling.

" Now it's like he can say any word that we throw at him. He can write, he can read. You know like there's no limit to what his mind is capable of," Ezra's mom, Amber Baker said. 

Tiffany Branon, Ezra's occupational therapist, has been there from day one.

"It's so exciting for a therapist to be able to watch a transformation like Ezra," Branon said.

"You can't explain it, the gratitude that you feel towards the people that have helped you along the way and the amount of support that they have given. I'm going to get emotional, but it's just amazing. We're very, very happy," Baker said.

In March 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services estimated one in 88 children are born with autism.  

Therapists at Baptist Health say it's all about early detection, and in Ezra's case, that couldn't be more true.  

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