Pacific Autism Center Provides Hope to Parents


    The words that the Department of Education specialist spoke to Laura Cook — “Your son has autism and he will most likely end up institutionalized” — made her feel as if the specialist had reached across the table and ripped out her heart.

    “How this happen to my perfectly normal baby?” Cook said incredulously. Her initial reaction, like so many other parents of children diagnosed with autism, was to fall into intense despair over her child