15 Jun '12, 1pm

Class rallies around autistic student

Class rallies around autistic student

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (June 14, 2012) -- When Staff Sgt. Chad Miles, his wife, Chazia, and their four children moved from Fort McPherson, Ga., to Fort Jackson last summer, they did not know what to expect. Although moving can be hard on any military family, the Miles family had an additional worry. Their 8-year old son, Chad, was diagnosed with autism in 2009 -- a developmental disorder that, for Chad, led to problems with verbal, cognitive and social skills. His mother said any change is hard on children with autism. "They like routine," she said. "So, to change states, change houses, change schools, teachers, surroundings completely threw him for a loop. He couldn't be consoled. He wouldn't socialize." At his previous school in Atlanta, Chad had been subjected to a less-than-ideal learning environment, Miles said. "The bullying was bad, so what the other teachers would usua...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/81751/Class_rallies_around_au...

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