University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

The Shaw Family

Mom and young boy laughing in front of colorful wall
Our typical day is beautifully chaotic.

When he was 2 years old, Amaren was diagnosed with autism. Parents Arianna and Parrish have always encouraged his participation in activities that interest him including engineering camp, wildlife camp, swimming lessons, and soccer.

The family applied for "summerships," grants, and scholarships to fund some of these activities, and the public library is their second home.

Arianna attributes Amaren's success to the early interventions he received and the support of her extended family.

Boy smiling at the camera in libraryMom playing with toys on the floor with two sonsMom and sons walking through tunnel