In The Words of Our Parents


“Andres was almost three and we knew something wasn’t right. He was starting to say a few words, but the social aspect wasn’t there at all. It was very worrisome and frustrating because I didn’t know how to reach him. If I tried to talk to him, he wouldn’t acknowledge me. I’d say, ‘Andres, look!” and he wouldn’t look unless I took his face and pointed it toward something. He couldn’t make friends because he didn’t communicate with them. He wasn’t making those kinds of connections – and now he is.”
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Marquis was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) when he was 16 months old. His pediatrician confirmed his mother’s fears that “certain things about him were a little off. He wasn’t talking at all,” she explains, “just babbling and pointing. I took him for an evaluation because I didn’t want to keep waiting and waiting and let him fall further behind. Early detection is the best prevention for everything. I was really ready to get the best services for my son.”
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“That’s a picture you would never be able to see a few months ago,” Marleny murmurs. She is looking at her three-and-a-half-year-old son Ethan sitting in his father’s lap, laughing as he plays with a cell phone. “He would never sit on his lap like that,” Marleny explains. “He’d say, ‘Don’t touch me’ and push him away. He started getting better with therapy at home. Since he’s been in New York Center’s preschool, he’s been getting really, really good. A lot of things have changed for the better, unbelievably.”
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