Schroyer Family Shares Story of Autistic Son Hayden on The Mtn

June 11, 2008


The Mtn. - MountainWest Sports Network, will feature a special story about Hayden Schroyer, the six-year-old son of Heath and Karen Schroyer, who was diagnosed with autism at an early age. This touching, two-part series will air during live telecasts of The Mountain View on Friday, June 13 and Friday, June 20 at 7:00pm MT.

Heath Schroyer begins his second season as head coach of the University of Wyoming men's basketball team this fall.

Heath and Karen Schroyer have granted The Mtn. access to their family home as they speak openly about how they discovered Hayden had autism, the obstacles they have had and continue to face, and their ongoing campaign to raise the awareness of autism. Heath and Karen also discuss what they think was the cause of Hayden's autism: childhood vaccines administered to their son when he was 18 months old.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities defined by significant impairments in social interaction and communication and the presence of unusual behaviors and interests. Autism occurs in 1 in every 150 births in the United States and is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the nation, outpacing childhood cancer, MS, and cystic fibrosis combined. Many people with ASDs also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to different sensations. The thinking and learning abilities of people with ASDs can vary - from gifted to severely challenged. ASD begins before the age of three, lasts throughout a person's life, and is four times more likely to occur in boys than girls. There is no cure.

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