Autism and Early Intervention

Marcia W. Weinstein

As a very blessed mom of three wonderful boys, one with high functioning Autism, life has provided me with multiple challenges. I grew up in Broward County, Florida, attended The University of Miami for both undergrad and graduate school, and moved to Palm Beach County after I got married. With an MBA in management, I worked for an insurance company and then a community mental health center in Delray Beach. I planned to stay home with my kids for a few years and then return to work, but, after my son's diagnosis, I became a ''forever full time mom”, my son's part-time therapist and autism advocate. I've spent the past 7 years working intensively with my son after therapy and regular school to advance his skills and ensure that he has the same opportunities as his neurotypical brothers. Due to an amazing therapy team and lots of hard work, he is virtually indistinguishable from his neurotypical peers. Prior to our move to Vero Beach in June 2007, I spent three years on the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America (ASA) of the Palm Beaches. I am currently the Vice-President of the new ASA chapter, the Autism Society of the Treasure Coast, and the Co-Chair of the 2009 Walk Now for Autism. I am also a certified Spa Relaxation and Self Care consultant, helping tired parents learn how to spend time taking care of themselves.

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