WJTV News in Jackson, MS Airs Autism Stories

WJTV will be airing two stories about autism just in time for the holidays. On Christmas Eve, you can catch a story about Jackson Autism Center and what services are provided to children with autism spectrum disorders here. On New Year’s Eve, tune in again to hear a story very close to Dr. Rebecca’s heart about autism and elopement.


These stories will air at 5:30 and 6:30 am, 12:00 noon, and 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Education and advocacy are so important for families with autism. As we approach such a special holiday season, if you see a family having a hard time, please ask if you can help. Helping them get checked out, get out of a store and to their car, waiting a little extra long in line as they get checked out, offering a smile or a “Happy Holidays” is so appreciated. Children with autism look the same as other children. This makes it difficult for someone who isn’t familiar with autism to automatically know this child and family may need extra support. If you see a child running away and a parent running after or distressed, ask if they need help or help stop the child. Children with autism are not being bad or naughty; they have different needs than we do and are easily put into shut-down or meltdown mode by all the things to see, smells, noises, and movement.  By offering some of the things listed above, you could make someone’s afternoon.

Jackson Autism Center in Parents & Kids Magazine January 2014

Jackson Autism Center is proud to be a part of the 2014 Special Needs January edition! You can find our ad in the Family Resource Guide as we are here to serve families and help kids with disabilities on all levels! In the magazine, you will also find an article about autism. The article reminds us how important it is for parents to seek assistance if they feel that their child is not developing typically. Autism is being diagnosed at age 3, but characteristics may be seen earlier. It is important to know the early signs of autism, such as atypical eye contact, lack of communication and social skills. Dr. Buttress states how important it is to have an experienced expert design a plan for your child and fit the plan to the child not the child to the plan. She went on to explain the uniqueness of children on the spectrum and there is no one size fits all plan. Well stated Dr. Buttress! If you find yourself in need of a leader for your child’s team, let Jackson Autism Center be a part of your child’s specialized plan.