April is Autism Awareness Month. There are still a lot of questions surrounding the developmental disorder. But one thing we do know is early intervention is key.
Gretchen Townsend has a 6 year old son who has autism. She noticed warning signs when he was 1. Gretchen says he wasn't making eye contact and pointing at things.
She talked to her pediatrician who recommended they see a developmental psychiatrist. Her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. They went to the Kennedy Krieger Institute and got him placed in an early intervention program.
Gretchen says her son couldn't talk when he first started the program. Now he's enrolled in a typical school and playing sports.
On Sunday, April 29 th, the Kennedy Krieger Institute will hold its 8 th annual ROAR event at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville to raise money for autism research.
It's a bike ride, a walk, and a festival.
You can find more information at www.kennedykrieger.org or you can call 443-923-7300.