Ean has a history of behavior problems and social difficulties. His mother, Pam, says: "He is a little boy who is loved very much by his family. And he has a lot of difficulty, especially in the social area."
His mother, Stacie Funk, says: "Jonah looks like a big teddy bear. You see him doing some of his behaviors, but underneath that he is such a sweet kid. ... There is an innocence about him that is pretty amazing."
Until a few years ago, his mother, Maria, had never heard of autism. She thought her son had mental retardation. Then a cousin heard a celebrity talk about autism on TV and suggested that might be Joseph's true diagnosis.
Jeanne was diagnosed with autism at age 39. As a child, Jeanne was toted from specialist to specialist as her mother looked for answers to help her daughter. She was tagged with a multitude of labels as a child.
Jese is profoundly autistic. By his mother's count, he can say only a dozen words. They include cookies, chocolate, shoes, pizza and Burger King. He said "Papa" for the first time last year, making his father cry.