Local family celebrates World Autism Awareness Day

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- We introduced you to Jordan Fowler last April 2. Back then, he struggled to tie his shoes, get ready in the mornings and engage in conversation.

Jordan's family is using World Autism Awareness Day to celebrate the progress their son has made in just a years' time.

Thanks to the Applied Behavior Analysis from Spectrum Transformation Group in Harrisonburg, he is learning how to overcome his autism.

The new facility opened just a few weeks ago and is ready to help other families take that next step toward progress.

"He's like a little boy now. Things that come natural to most children, weren't as natural to him. He now likes to go outside. He can ride his bike. He's making up his bed. He's tying his shoes," Jordan's mom Leticia Fowler said.

"It makes me tie my shoes, it makes me not be afraid of the dark," Jordan said.

"It's so great to see kids grow and learn, to be a part of that and to have families be excited about that is why we do what we do," behavior analyst Nikki Shriver said.

Spectrum is hosting an open house this May and serves children from 12 months to 21-years-old.