Stories From Main Street: Tenafly Teen Part Of Autism Clinical Trial

Originally posted on CBS New York:

TENAFLY, N.J. (CBSnewYork) - For any parent of a child with autism, hope can be found in a red-haired freckle-faced girl named Rebecca Singer from Tenafly, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.

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“Rebecca is 16-years-old. When she was born she had a lot of developmental delays,” her father John told Adams.

He said they had Rebecca’s genetics tested.

“We found out that she was missing a piece of chromosome 22,” he said.

Rebecca has an extremely rare condition called Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, which causes autism.

“She doesn’t speak. Rebecca needs assistance with just about everything she does,” John said. “She’s learning at a school – the REED Academy, the school that we helped start – all kinds of grades, skills like to load the dishwasher and clean the table. But she still needs someone by her side.”

John Singer is a tough advocate who…

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