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Bennett Elementary School fourth-graders Gage Graber, left, and Brooke Pella play a game with classmate Ryan Meyer, right, who has autism. As part of the weekly group "Circle of Friends," the students help model social skills for Meyer, who in turn helps teach them about autism. Organizers of the group say they hope it will help Meyer make strides in his social skills while making the younger generation more accepting of the disorder. (Carrie Snyder/The Forum)

With few resources for autistic children, many take matters into their own hands

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When her son was 14 months old, Sandy Smith knew something was wrong.

"He was kind of in his own world," the Fargo mother said.


But Smith soon found out she was on her own, too, in trying to care for her newly diagnosed autistic son.

"There is no place to send them," she said about behavioral early intervention programs, ones that would care for children such as her son.

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