OneStep4Autism

Meet The Family


 


Our family consists of the 6 of us…there’s Dad Nick, Mom Marian, daughter Emily, sons Nick, Nicholas and Louis.  No, it’s not a typo…there are 3 Nick’s.  A little confusing at times, but we’ve managed to work around it.

Dad Nick is currently a Program Manager for a local non-profit organization. He holds a bachelor's degree in Human Services Management and is the driving force of this website and OneStep4Autism. His 
interests are music, playing guitar, writing and an unbridled passion for The Oakland Raiders.

I’m Mom Marian.  I am the biological mother of both Nicholas and Louis, who are both on the autism spectrum. Officially, they were diagnosed with PDD-NOS; Nicholas, just 1 week into 3 years of age, and Louis at 18 months. I am an LPN, currently working as a Personal Care Supervisor at a not-for-profit adult home. Nick and I have been married since 2004.

Daughter Emily is 26 years old and has a bachelor's degree in Human Services. She currently works as a QIDP/MSC for a local non-profit organization. Emily’s interest is also music and has an amazing singing voice. She can be seen on our YouTube page. She is the "big sister" and makes sure her brothers are participating in chores and tasks around the home.

Son Nick, now 23, holds a bachelor's degrees in physical education. His passion is football and coaching; currently on the staff of his alma mater local high school. He plans to make coaching football his career. As the older brother, he is a very strong advocate for his brothers. 

Louis, the “baby” in the family, stands 5’9” tall at age 16. He is on the lower end of the spectrum. He was basically non-verbal, going through different phases of communication; pointing, one-word commands, and using movie-jargon to make needs known. He has made great progress over the years and now attends special education classes at a local high school.Louis’ interests lie with dinosaurs, drawing and most recently singing. Louis likes to play the piano by ear and can be heard singing on our YouTube page.

Nicholas, affectionately called “Zeke” is 20 years old. Nicholas also has a strong interest in music, playing the drums since age 5. You can also see him on our YouTube link. He currently attends the College Experience Program at a local college; graduating next year. While he is a bit homesick, he is learning skills needed to live on his own if he chooses!


Both Nicholas and Louis love getting together with Emily and Dad and playing music together. Our new home has a music room that will get a lot of use! Furthermore, the boys love to swim and really enjoyed their new pool this summer. We all love football so the boys will  now be cheering on their brother and the Panthers under the Friday Night Lights! And don't forget to come and cheer Louis and the rest of the gang next year at the Spring Special Olympics Games!!!!