Meet Emma

Autism is a major national concern with statistics that show that 1 in 88 children born are later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are no answers currently on the causes or treatments to this disorder. One of the ways to help figure out the autism puzzle is to raise awareness and give autism a face, not just a label. We are parents of a child with autism and we are very excited to introduce to you our little piece to the autism puzzle, Emma Marie.

Emma Durman

Emma is our super loving, silly, energetic, determined little lady who is incredibly smart. She was diagnosed with autism around two years old and continually amazes us with all the things she finds interesting and exciting to learn. Her capacity for learning new things is astounding. Emma is three years old and knows a ton of shapes, including octagon, pentagon, and hexagon. She knows and recognizes numbers to at least 12, and her colors, which she always prefers to be in rainbow order.

Emma has a special passion for music on many different levels. She knows a lot of instruments and not just your typical drum, guitar, and piano. She loves the not so popular ones too, such as the cello, clarinet, banjo, and her favorites, the french horn and xylophone. She can recognize them in books and will attempt to make the sounds they make with amusing success. She loves to sing and will sing just about anything. We hear a lot of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and, of course, Bingo and Old MacDonald.

Emma’s favorite channel is Baby First TV and she really enjoys the Bubble Guppies on Nick Jr. She has a love for being read to by mom and dad with her favorite book being A Cuddle For Little Duck. She loves going through her books and naming everything, and she is also always interested in solving a puzzle of any sort. Her favorite toys are her plastic and stuffed dinosaurs, puzzles, books, and anything that sings or makes music. Her favorite foods are apples, “beeenanas”, and of course what kid doesn’t like chocolate!

Along with expanding her mind and creativity, Emma has a TON of energy to burn! She is involved in the “Help Me Grow” program and goes to Play Learn and Grow play group once a week. She loves to go to the “bouncy room” and swim when she is in play group. She is a runner and a climber and has absolutely no fear of and will happily tackle any playground equipment. What a brave girl! So it should be no surprise that running and playing chase is her favorite way to spend time with her cousins.

Emma's Mom and Dad, Jessica and  Mike

Emma also has a new little brother, Liam, and is slowly starting to enjoy him more and more. She likes to climb in Liam’s crib with him where they watch his sea life mobile together. We are excited to see their relationship develop as they both grow older.

We are very proud to call Emma our daughter.
She has truly come so far and has faced and conquered many challenges this year.
She is our joy, our heart, and our hero. 

Side note :

Autism Parent Support Group

Autism Parent Group Presents….

Special Needs Estate Planning, Wills/Trusts/Non Profit Corporations

Presenter: Kerrie Agins, Siegal and Agins, co

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m

Location: The West Woods
9465 Kinsman Road ( Route 87) , Russell Twp

All parents and or guardians are welcome

Please RSVP: Rachel Palshook Dannemiller at

Rachel Dannemiller
Author: Rachel Dannemiller

Rachel is a lifelong resident of Geauga County. She is married to Tom and has a son Jason, and a dog named Harley. Rachel and her family are devoted to bringing autism awareness to the community and they are organizing the local Autism Speaks event in Burton this year.