Embracing autism diagnosis helps family take charge

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Luca is in fifth grade. He loves playing video games, building things, and learning about space. He can tell you the name of all of the planets and every space shuttle. Luca also has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism for short.

Luca’s mom, Tracy Sekhon, says autism is something that makes Luca shine—not something that holds him back. His diagnosis journey started back in 2010, when he was just 18 months old. Tracy and her husband noticed that Luca was having some developmental issues.

“Not only did he stop progressing, but he started going backwards. He had started making sounds that weren’t appropriate to what he was seeing,” Tracy says.

Image credit: Courtesy of Tracy Sekhon

Originally posted on magazine.medlineplus.gov

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