The OTHER Side of the Spectrum

Melanie Costello shares her journey to the other side of the spectrum in an issue of ParentsTeachers.  Her son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and her journey mirrors the experiences of many parents and their advocates as they discover that a diagnosis is not the whole story. It is the beginning of a sometimes complicated, other times scary, but never lonely and always multi-faceted and enlightening. Click here for Melanie Costello's thoughts on autism spectrum disorder presented in ParentTeachers, a publication of Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School. Melanie shares, "Getting to a diagnosis was really secondary to getting our son the help he needed. Don’t get me wrong; it helped in very practical and immediate ways to access services through insurance and the county. But according to all my research on developmental delays, it is indisputable that, diagnosis or not, early intervention is key."