Zionsville Times Sentinel

February 19, 2014

Rosswurm named to autism treatment board

By Matt Werner Times Sentinel Writer
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Mary Rosswurm had quite the adjustment in 1996 when she moved to Indianapolis from California. She wasn't used to the snow and the cold, but the biggest adjustment for her was not having as many resources for her then 4-year-old autistic son, Brad. Brad is now 23 years old and graduated from Zionsville Community High School. "We had so many services in California, and there were not a lot here other than developmental preschool," she said. "It was really hard to shop around and find a doctor because, at that point, there weren't even a lot of doctors at Riley (Children's Hospital) that had experience with autism. It was quite different." At the time, Rosswurm was working at a clinic conducting speech therapy. In 2004, however, the Zionsville resident began working at Little Star Center, Indiana's first center-based applied behavior analysis facility, eventually becoming its executive director. "When I first came in, there was only four kids," she said. "When I left in 2007, we were up to about 17 kids." Rosswurm then had the opportunity to become the executive director of a Massachusetts school for children with autism. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.