Second-grade student Cayden Poindexter, who has autism, has won numerous school awards and is a top reader at his Oklahoma elementary school. Poindexter's mother attributes his success to early intervention and effective instruction from his first teacher, Tari Blankenship, who she says developed strategies to meet his needs. "She adapted to him, instead of making him adapt to her," the mother, Tiffany Poindexter, said.

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