NORFOLK -- A breakthrough may be on the way for teens with Autism.
Eastern Virginia Medical School is conducting a clinical study of two a medicine that holds the promise of helping the teens develop social and communication skills.
"Anecdotally, we are encouraged and gratified because we've noticed a few persons who seem to be dramatic responders," said Dr. Stephen Deutsch.
One of them is 19-year-old Travis Meeks, who is on D-cycloserine.
"I'm not afraid anymore, he said.
"For him to say 'Hey Mom, you're a good cook' is one of those things you don't expect to hear," said Michelle Meeks.
EVMS will hold an Autism symposium at 6:00 p.m. on April 25.
A second study has been approved but not started. EVMS will test an Alzheimer's medication to see if it's helpful to autistic adolescents.