College Students With Autism Get Extra Help at WKU Center

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, a time to shed light on a disorder affecting thousands.

It's estimated that one in 110 children in the U.S. alone have autism.

And we found out that as those children get older, it can make life for them hard, especially those heading to college.

For WKU Sophomore Jonathan Scher, completing his class work sometimes just doesn't come easy.

Jonathan is battling a form of autism, something he says he was diagnosed with just two years ago.

"I took it hard," Scher said. "I overreacted. I even cried about it because I did not think it was normal."

Jonathan is just one of around 25 college students who come to the Kelly Autism Center for a little extra push.

Michelle Greenwood is a mentor and tutor at the center.

She knows the ups and downs of autism -- both of her sons have it.

"Anybody that lives through raising children, you become pretty proficient and efficient dealing with it,' Greenwood said.

But dealing with it can be tough.

Jonathan has a hard time keeping up in school.

He also has trouble communicating and says he'll often talk to himself when he's bored.

"I'm climbing the ladder like normal people do, but there are still some things that I lack," he said.

Greenwood says autism is a disorder that society needs to be aware of.

She says that's the only way a cure can be found.

"Anytime we're talking about it, anytime we're gathering information, and trying to understand, it's a step in the right direction," Greenwood said.

Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend all children be screened for autism at one and half and two years of age.

For more on the Kelly Autism Program, click here


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