Social ABCs program aims to give autistic children their voice: researchers

Alex Munro and his mom, Jenn Potenza, swoosh down a slide side-by-side, the six-year-old grinning at her with delight, and chattering non-stop as the pair dash from one part of the brightly-coloured playground to the next.

This parent-child interaction may not seem like anything out of the ordinary — but for Potenza, every smile and every word from her son is a treasured gift.

Alex has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and at age three he didn't speak and rarely made direct eye contact with his parents, common symptoms of the neurological condition that affects an estimated one in 68 children.

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3rd August 2017