"They are complete opposites," says Terrie Easton, the boys' mother. "My life would be boring without them."
Easton says her boys are passionate and smart, but finding resources in Vermont to help them with everyday skills and has been challenging. Her search for this lead to the Howard Center's Autism Spectrum Program in Burlington.
"They're very supportive of families needs and wishes and just our everyday life schedule," says Easton. "They work around that and are an amazing support."
The importance of support is something Vermont Autism Task Force's Claudia Pringles relates to. She has a 14-year-old daughter with autism and works to help parents like her find helpful resources.
"Vermont Family Network, Vermont Achievement Center in the southern part of the state, Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, and of course, Vermont Autism Task Force," says Pringles.
According to the Agency of Human Services, 1,100 children in Vermont were diagnosed with autism in 2012, compared to 550 in 2007.
"I am very blessed with my lifestyle and the experience I've had with my boys," says Easton. "They're teaching me every single day."
Despite challenges, both mothers say their unique children have given them a special gift.
"She's just an amazing kids," says Pringles of her daughter, Caterina. "She's a magnet for good people."
To be taken to the above mentioned resources, click below:
Vermont Family Network: http://www.vermontfamilynetwork.org/i-need-help-with/developmental-disabilities/autism/
Vermont Autism Task Force: http://www.vtautismtaskforce.org/
Vermont Achievement Center: http://www.vacvt.org/programs-and-services/
Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health: http://www.vffcmh.org/coordinated-services/