Technology helps family with autistic sons

Here’s an article about three brothers with autism who have been helped by technology — one who uses computers, one who communicates via PowerPoint slides and one who communicates with an iPod Touch.

Cathy and Bob Strybel, of Orland Park, want to get their three sons out into the world.

“We want to help them find their way,” Cathy Strybel said. “If technology helps them, we’re going to support them the best we can.”

The Strybels have three autistic sons, Patrick, 15, a freshman at Andrew High School in Tinley Park; Danny, 13, a seventh-grader at Jerling Junior High in Orland Park; and Matt, 10, a fifth-grader at Liberty School in Orland Park.

All three boys followed different paths to the diagnosis of autism and Cathy Strybel said the widely accepted genetic markers of autism are not yet found in her boys. She said they would be considered high functioning on the spectrum.

Technology has certainly helped the Strybels.

via Technology helps Orland family with autistic sons :: The SouthtownStar :: News.

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