Local Mother Featured in Redbook Magazine

The Bacot Academy is a school for autistic children. It only opened up in August, but it's already receiving national accolades.

The December issue of Redbook highlights some of the challenges about having a child with autism. The first person mentioned in the article is the Lynn Haven mother who started this school.

Cindy Bacot says she never expected to be running her own school for autism, but after her 12-year-old son, Nicholas, was diagnosed with the disorder she began to realize the need in the community.

"The burden has been lifted of always having to fight with the school system to get the services that he needed and just to know that finally when I bring him here everyday that he's getting exactly what he needs," said Cindy Bacot, Bacot Academy founder.

Nicholas is one of 10 children attending the school this year.

"I'm glad that my mom wanted to start this school. It's just fantastic," said Nicholas Bacot, a student.

The students aren't the only ones whose lives are being touched. Teacher Katrin Patterson cried a few tears of happiness as she talked about her students' progress.

"Compared to where you start with some of these kids and where you end, it takes a lot," said Katrin Patterson.

"From the beginning of the school year when some of the younger kids started to where they are now, it's night and day. It makes me feel really good and makes me know that I definitely did the right thing in starting this school," said Cindy Bacot.

Next year she hopes to expand the school to serve even more autistic children.

You can contact the Bacot Academy at (850) 248-1118. The school is located at 1120 Ohio Avenue, Lynn Haven, Florida 32444.


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