|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
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.