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Marianne Sullivan

Marianne Sullivan's 20 year old son, Hunter, has severe autism. Marianne works on the Autism Speaks Family Services Team.

What to give to a young adult with autism as a holiday gift? Clothes don't quite do it. Computer games can become a bit boring. Money delights but is not much of a creative task for the person giving. After a lot of thought, let me describe what I decided to do this year, and perhaps it may offer you some ideas when it comes to a special gift option for a young adult with autism.

This is a blog post by Marianne Sullivan, RN, MN, the Assistant Director of National Outreach and Resources at Autism Speaks, and the mother of an adult with autism.

My son Hunter is a 20-year-old adult with autism. From age two when he was first diagnosed with autism, his language development was extremely limited. This has continued throughout his life, so his inability to express his needs and feelings frequently leaves him deeply frustrated, which, in turn, gets expressed by challenging and aggressive behaviors.

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Autism Speaks

This is a blog post by Marianne Sullivan, RN, MN, the Assistant Director of National Outreach and Resources at Autism Speaks, and the mother of an adult with autism.

Early in the morning on Saturday, May 19th, my son Hunter and I joined hundreds of other families affected by autism for the "10th Annual Bay Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks."