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Floresville grad copes with autism
Saelym Travieso Nieto is a May 2013 graduate of Floresville High School. Autism presented her with some challenges, which she works to overcome with the love and support of her family.
April is Autism Awareness Month.
It is designated “... as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community,” according to autism-society.org.
Lisa Jean Travieso of Floresville is celebrating her daughter’s accomplishments this month, honoring Saelym’s triumphs, despite the challenges of autism. Last May, Saelym graduated from Floresville High School, a proud moment for her mother and her family.
Lisa wrote, “My daughter was born with autism. Life has been a struggle, a journey, and a continuous evolution of milestones that only those affected will ever understand.
“In pre-kinder, she knew just one sentence; after senior Mass, she thanked me for always being there for her.”
Saelym inspires her mother and her siblings, Nigel and Phrynchezka.
“I should thank you, my Saelym, for teaching me patience and understanding in abundance,” Lisa said. “Your eyes see the world like no one else can. And thanks be to God for trusting me to love and guide His very special child.”
Today, Saelym spends time with the Girl Scouts and hopes to pursue college studies. She likes to draw and would like to be a cartoonist one day.
“Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a ‘spectrum disorder’ that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.”
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