/ Modified sep 21, 2018 2:29 p.m.

Families Living with Autism Getting Support in Tucson

UA Pima County Cooperative Extension offering free, nine-session program.

autism Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior.

A program supported by the University of Arizona is helping families deal with issues that arise from autism spectrum disorder.

The UA's Pima County Cooperative Extension is offering a free, nine-session program called Stepping Stones. Extension agent Debbie Curley says it focuses on communication and problem solving for parents who have kids living with autism spectrum disorder. She says many families have a hard time helping a child who struggles with social and emotional skills.

"The isolation is the hardest thing," said Curley. "It's the most important piece of the family's development to have a community they can turn to."

The program involves six group sessions and three individual telephone consultations to help parents better understand autism-related behavioral issues. Parents who are interested should contact the Autism Society of Southern Arizona.

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