Friday, May 24 2013 12:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:30:17 GMT
Criminals went to the back door of a house on South Street in Thomasville, and burst their way inside on Wednesday night. Police say they took several hundred dollars worth of electronics and a YamahaMore >>
Criminals went to the back door of a house on South Street in Thomasville, and burst their way inside on Wednesday night. Police say they took several hundred dollars worth of electronics and a Yamaha four-wheeler, and made a clean getaway.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:30:13 GMT
Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
May 20, 2008
Albany-- The numbers are staggering. In 1990, it was estimated that one child out of 1,000 was diagnosed with autism. Now that number is one out of 150.
The neurological disorder affects reasoning, social interaction and communication. More families are looking for ways to cope and help their children develop. Now, Dougherty County families don't have to go very far.
At the Albany Autism Center, 4-year-old Cooper jumps up and down on the trampoline.
"Good jumping," says Kowana McKinney as she assists him.
It looks like playtime for Cooper but it's actually therapy for autism. Therapist Kowana McKinney has to keep up because she's stepping in.
"Early intervention is the number one key," said McKinney.
She's one of several people behind The Albany Autism Center. "We offer occupational speech and applied behavior analysis therapy," said Center Director Diane Blocker.
The center just opened in January to help families dealing with the disorder. Statistics show that 67 children are diagnosed everyday. "It's estimated through local non-profits that there are over 1,000 children in Dougherty County that either have a diagnosis or show signs of autism," said Blocker.
One of those children was Blocker's motivation. "The progress I saw in my own child is what made me open the Autism Center," said Blocker.
A staff of therapists and teachers now help children with the skills they need to live independently. "We're just trying to get that child to be the best that they can be," said Blocker.
The road to that goal isn't always smooth though. "There are milestones but we celebrate all the milestones," said McKinney.
That's why it takes a lot of patience and smiles to make living with an unpredictable disorder a little easier.
Parents pay an enrollment fee but the Albany Autism Center depends on donations and the community to fully operate. For information on how you can help or if you need help, call 229-883-6288.