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Autism Grows Up

Naomi's Next Step

Friday, March 1, 2013 | Permalink

Naomi Halm just learned to walk. At age 4, her parents are still waiting for her to talk. Naomi has difficulty learning things. She doesn't make eye contact. Jennifer and Chris Halm understand that their daughter is different than most children. But they haven't yet had a diagnosis of Naomi's condition. Over the years, they've had to let go of some of their expectations of what their parenthood and Naomi's childhood might be. Naomi is not the child they expected, but they couldn't love her more. They are hoping to develop communication with her.  And they've been seeking answers. The Halms have a hunch that Naomi may be autistic. Chris says that she displays many of the signs of autism spectrum disorders. He says having a label to describe Naomi's behavior would probably not change their day-to-day interactions. They are committed to helping her develop and take her next steps in life, no matter what the diagnosis. 

 

Andrew Nixon

Multimedia Producer

Multimedia Producer Andrew Nixon illustrates CapRadio’s Web content with visual journalism including still photos and videos. He works in the news and information department, and on CapRadio’s documentary program, “The View From Here.”  Read Full Bio