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Watch nonverbal boy with autism say his ABCs

A popular facebook post on the Autism Speaks Facebook page this year featured an inspiring video of a nonverbal boy named Preston Schmidtner saying "da da" for th first time

Following the wave of positive messages the family received, Preston's father Tony recently reached out to Autism Speaks with an update on how Preston is doing. 

"It has been 6 months since the ‘da da’ video and he is doing so well. He has learned a couple more words, signs, and now letters.  We are so proud of him. He goes to school full time, has therapies multiple times a week, and his big brother Zach is the most supportive of all," said Mr. Schmidtner.

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