Meet Parshva Gandhi, 6 year old tennis player from our ACEing Autism Lexington program, who was diagnosed with autism around 2 years old.

โ€œ๐™‰๐™ค ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™–๐™ง๐™š, ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™,โ€ his mother Nupur explained. โ€œYou look for things, I went to India to get a 2nd opinion,โ€ she revealed. Nupur admits that it took some time to let it sink in and accept the diagnosis but she now pokes fun at some of her behaviors.

โ€œWe enrolled him at the ABA center and he is able to say sentences now. He can say what he wants which brings his frustration down,โ€ the mom beamed with joy. On top of his ABA and speech therapy, Nupur credits @aceingautism for on and off the court improvements.

โ€œGetting my son to do something is a big task and Kian (his volunteer buddy) does it,โ€ she said laughing. โ€œHe learned counting through tennis, his speech, and attention span have improved dramatically.โ€
But most importantly, “๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ก๐™ก๐™จ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฅ๐™–๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ.โ€

He is also now aware of safety and danger, making his parents feel a lot better. โ€œWe also donโ€™t need to prompt everything like we used to,โ€ she remembered joyous.

Nupur appreciates feeling like part of a community and not alone (through ACEing Autism). โ€œThis is our journey and I see mothers who can relate to my struggles. Sometimes when Iโ€™m not engaging him I feel guilty but I know that during this hour, he is learning something new. I have a new set of friends and so does my son.โ€ she said with a smile going ear to ear.

For the past few years, Parshva has overcome a lot of obstacles. Join me in congratulating this incredible family for their perseverance and love through all of it.