April is Autism Awareness Month 

1:68 children in the US have an Autism Spectrum Disorder 
1:58 children in NC have an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Boys are 4x 
more likely to be diganosed

  • Autism impacts various areas of development including: social skills, play, language, motor, and cognitive
  • Autism can have co-morbid conditions including: asthma, digestive disorders, impaired immune, sensory dysfunction, sleep disorders, epilepsy, and many others!
  • No 2 individuals with Autism are alike; each one is different, making autism a spectrum disorder.
  • 2 sub-types of autism are sometimes referenced when describing the spectrum disorder 
    • early on-set - where signs are noticed as early as 6 months
    • regressive - where a child is developing typically then regresses, losing many achieved milestones, such as language and social skills
  • Worried your child may have autism? Click here to take the FREE The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
  • There is NO Cure, but there is TREATMENT


  • Early Intensive Intervention is key! If your child is 0-3 you can have a FREE evaluation from the CDSA. You can make self referral or your pediatrician can make a referral for evaluation.

Partners In Learning can provide  Early Intervention Services
To learn more about our EI Program click here

*Link to  Reference


If you have a child with autism or special needs join our


Family Spotlight

Ayden was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 3. It was scary and the unknowns seemed to last forever. At 14 Ayden is not only doing well, but thriving! He is proof that with the right tools and support a child with Autism can grow, learn and become part of their community. Ayden is a 7 th grader at North Hills Christian School. He loves drawing, HO scale model trains, Pokémon and Lego creating. His favorite class is Art and his best friend is Katie. Ayden will be a counselor in training at Partner's In Learning this summer, a place we consider his second home. We no doubt will have some challenges ahead...such as driving! I am not sure we are ready for that but Ayden will rise to the occasion as he always does.


Tune in April 17th @ 8:45pm
Shanee Howell will be presenting on Increasing Communication

April 12th & 26th, 10:30am-Noon

Come see us at the Touch a Truck Event 
Saturday, April 14th

WOW! Save money $pring $hopping and help 
Partners In Learning!
Get your shopping pass and discount at any PIL location!

Developmental Fun Fact

"Unfortunately, there is no Guidebook for Parents that tells you exactly how to raise children who behave perfectly at all times. Each child and family is unique, which means that there is no one solution or strategy that is going to work for everyone, every time. However, while it isn't magic, simple planning ahead can work wonders to help improve your child's behavior. You can plan activities to teach your child important skills such as sharing, taking turns or handling disappointment. You can also plan ahead to prepare your child for new events in her life such as changes in her schedule, a road trip, a new baby or a visit from grandparents." TACSEI
For more helpful tips visit the CSEFEL website!  

Teacher of the Month at Novant

Amber Wilkey

"I choose Amber Wilkey as teacher of the month because she has wonderful ideas for the classroom and I admire her teaching strategies." Brittany Walker


Teacher of the Month at Catawba


"JoJo is amazing! I have had the pleasure of seeing JoJo work in different classrooms and loved her interactions. She is now working in the infant room and is simply amazing with the little bundles of joy! JoJo brings love, happiness, warmth and a huge smile where ever she goes! PIL is a greater place with her positivity!" Aleshya Spruill  

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