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Autism's Gifts- Zachary's Piano Recital '09 -

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Uploaded on Jun 17, 2009

Zachary is 5 years old and recently completed preschool. He was diagnosed with autism at age 2 1/2 and non-verbal until age 3. We like to say that he is "recovering" from Autism. He started receiving INTENSE early intervention services starting at 16 months old, along with attending an integrated preschool in Upstate NY. Soon after he turned 4 years old, after numerous rejections, we found a wonderful piano teacher/ music therapist who was willing to work with him. His first public appearance was in June of 2008. The gift of his musicality has emerged, and appears to be a counterbalance to his perceived "weaker" areas - I call this Autism's Gift.
From the "abyss" of Autism, he has emerged as a highly verbal, quirky, smart, sweet, and caring child. He will be starting Kindergarten in the fall of 2009. We look forward to seeing and sharing future milestones!
As for the funny name, he chose "Char" as a nickname vs. "Zach" after announcing and writing "Char is in zaCHARy.

Please check out Zachary's latest concert video posted on Feb 1, 2011 - he has come a long way in the past year and a half!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnuRsa...

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