Autism teaches family patience, love

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Gage Graves is just like any other 6-year-old boy: He loves tractors, fire trucks and horses and is a member of the Boy Scouts.

Unlike regular 6-year-olds, however, Gage has autism.

“Sometimes, you see a kid walking around Wal-Mart and having a meltdown,” said Jennifer Graves, Gage’s mother. “But it may not be just a kid having a meltdown; it may be more than what you see.”

Gage was diagnosed with regressive autism, a neuro-developmental disorder that causes impairments in the areas of socialization, communication, behavior and play skills, when he was 2 years old. Autism is a lifelong disorder but can be treated.

 

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