Anderson, Indiana

Raising teen twins with autism

Thu, 2012-11-29 09:14 -- univcomm
November 29, 2012

Kathleen Dugan, a professor of art at Anderson University, was 35 when she gave birth to twins Edward and Hannah. Life was good, but hectic and perhaps more difficult than Dugan had imagined.

"My mom kept saying it will get easier once they get older. Then it never got that easy," Dugan said.

Edward and Hannah were born five weeks early, which is common with twins. Hannah was colicky, the pair never got on a schedule and they were slow to reach developmental milestones. Dugan and her husband were routinely told to not worry. Even if the twins weren't hitting all their milestones, evidence showed that multiples typically catch up by age four. As new parents they took this advice at face value.

[Artwork: "Halloween Split" by Kathleen Dugan, 2012]

Read the full article at Indy's Child Magazine.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.