Erin Frickey reading to her son, Rory, who was diagnosed with autism.

Autism numbers skyrocket

At 2-1/2 years old, Rory Frickey uttering the word “butterfly” brought his mother and speech therapist to tears. It was the first word he’d spoken since birth, representing a major breakthrough for his mother, Erin, who realized her autistic child could have a normal life. […]