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Symptoms of autism have faded for 9-year-old Ethan Suda of Grafton after his mom, Jalene Suda, began an intensive therapy program and strict diet for Ethan when he was diagnosed at age 2. Photo by - Eric Hylden / Forum Communications

Devoted Grafton mother pushes back the veil of autism

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GRAFTON, N.D. -- When her son, Ethan, was diagnosed with autism at age 2 in fall 2005, Jalene Suda devoted herself completely to his recovery.

She quit a good job to stay home and marshal every available resource to free her son from this complex, isolating brain disorder.

"I call it a blessing," she said, "because, with the diagnosis, came early intervention and services."

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