Leaps and bounds
Eric Poole, 6, jumps for joy on his mini-trampoline in his Estherville home. High energy is one of the markers of the autism spectrum. One in 68 children is diagnosed with autism in the U.S. each year. We don’t talk about high and low functioning anymore; instead looking at a person’s strengths and challenges is more helpful. Eric’s parents, Jennifer and Tom, talk about myths and facts, and how community members can be helpful in public in Thursday’s paper.