Parents of kids with autism typically are told that we do not know the cause of it. For some, we eventually do and often it is at the insistence of parents that we figure it out.
Sandra Sermone knew there was “something” with her son and persisted in finding clues and then answers to what “it” is – a rare genetic condition that underlies his autism diagnosis. Taking matters into her own hands, she found a researcher in Israel to help and formed a group of fellow parents whose children have this condition. From there, she began to look for common denominators amongst their children. To read more of Sandra’s incredible efforts, check out these links to her scientific paper and a news story on her family:
NCBI :Premature primary tooth eruption in cognitive/motor-delayed ADNP-mutated children
NCBI:The Compassionate Side of Neuroscience: Tony Sermone’s Undiagnosed Genetic Journey–ADNP Mutation.
Local mom helping change the way doctors look at rare genetic syndrome linked to autism
Here’s to you, Sandra, scientist-mom extraordinaire!
Please join us this Thursday, January 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Seattle Children’s Hospital for our free quarterly lecture, Autism 101. Autism 101 is intended for parents and families of children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In this free lecture, participants will learn about:
- Up-to-date, evidence-based information regarding the core deficits of ASD
- Variability and presentation of behaviors associated with autism
- Prevalence and etiology (study of the cause of the disorder)
- Treatments available
- Resources for families
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