Jill Puffenbarger and her son Matthew, 6, read a story with Michael, 3, at their Stephens City home on Friday. Michael, who is autistic, received early intervention from the Infant and Toddler Connection of the Shenandoah Valley. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Michael Puffenbarger, 3, and his mother Jill, of Stephens City, study the picture cards of food attached with Velcro on their pantry door. The cards help Michael to communicate with his family. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Jill Puffenbarger uses bubbles in an exercise to persuade Michael to learn how to point. The exercise is one the family learned from Michael’s therapists from the Infant and Toddler Connection of the Shenandoah Valley, an early intervention care program for children with developmental disabilities.
He didn’t wave, and he didn’t look when someone pointed at an object.
At 22 months,...