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March 31, 2006

Thomasville- A need for south Georgia parents with autistic children prompts the formation of a new group.

Autism is diagnosed at an alarming rate. One in 166 children is diagnosed with some type of autism. A lack of resources for parents in south Georgia led the community to come together.

"We've got the Internet, but that's not very personal and a lot of information that's on there is scary 'cause you learn all this stuff, and what am I going to do when he's 18 what am I going to do about school?" questioned Susan Stockstill, Parent.

"The schools are talking with us here at the Pediatric Center, we're talking to parents, parents are talking to each other. We've got different counties now communicating with each other. We're collaborating with the hospitals and other therapy offices so it really is starting to build more of a collaborative network," said Dr. Michelle Macrorie, Pediatric Psychologist.

The Parent support group will meet Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Archbold Memorial Hospital, East Tower Classroom.

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