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Imagine being a new mother. Now imagine being a new mother of twins, both of whom have autism, then founding a non-profit support group for other families of children with autism. Feel tired yet? Fortunately, Nikki Busalacchi, founder of On the Spectrum Autism Support Group, didn’t give in.
How to describe Wesley? If you ask around the PLAE office you’ll hear many answers of “hello jello!”—his favorite greeting—and lots of stories from those Wesley has made smile, giggle, and roll with laughter. You might say he’s a sweet spirit, a hyper mischief-maker, and at the end of the day, just like any other kiddo.
When Shari and Brian Silver welcomed their son Justin into the world, they were over the moon, as any new parents would be. But as Justin grew, his development was delayed, and it was clear something was wrong. Doctors struggled with a diagnosis based on his behavior—similar to autism, but not quite. The diagnosis of Fragile X Syndrome came only after a grand mal seizure at 4½, that Justin thankfully recovered from.