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Autism awareness rises as diagnoses increase

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Ten-year-old Matt Deppe began life as a happy, healthy baby. He was cruising toward toddlerhood when his development came to an unexpected standstill.

"Matt was perfectly fine," said his mom, Cheryl Deppe. "He was speaking and playing normally. His doctors said he was hitting every developmental milestone right on time."

Then when Matt was about one-and-a-half, Cheryl noticed that over the next few months he gradually stopped speaking.

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