Monday, October 20, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Living life with an autistic child

Eight-year-old Liam Atkinson plays at
McDonald's recently. He was diagnosed with
autism just before he started kindergarten.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Erin Hidlebaugh’s eldest son Liam knew his A-Zs at age 18 months before he could speak.

“He was saying a few words, no sentences or anything, but he could identify the alphabet,” she said. “When he was little, his obsession was letters and words and books …  and then it was Angry Birds and now it’s Minecraft.”

Liam, now 8, was first diagnosed with autism just before he started kindergarten at age five. This diagnosis wasn’t a surprise for Erin and her husband, Corey Atkinson, as they’d seen signs of it for a few years.

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