When Leilani McDonald was 2 years old, her mom became concerned about some of her behaviors.
Jennifer McDonald said her daughter wasn’t talking and would only make certain noises. Leilani would often marvel at her hands, and clap while walking in circles.
"I let it go for a little bit, but then I was like, let me just bring her in and get her evaluated just in case,” McDonald said.
Leilani was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ASD is a developmental disability often detected in early childhood that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges.