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“Families should not have to walk alone in fear or discouragement when a child is diagnosed with autism.”

East Texas Autism Network is a resource for parents and caregivers who are concerned that their child (under the age of 7) may have Autism Spectrum Disorder. We can help you navigate the maze of available treatments and therapies.

Julee Renfroe founded the East Texas Autism Network in 2002 to assist and educate parents and caregivers of children on the Autism Spectrum. The Network helps guide parents through the diagnostic and assessment process which is an overwhelming journey for most parents who are just beginning to seek help.

Julee, a registered nurse, and her husband, Dr. Wilson Renfroe, a psychologist, have four adult children. Their third son, Thomas, was diagnosed with autistic disorder when he was seven-years-old.


The path from diagnosis, to treatment, to current independent living was a difficult one for the Renfroe family. They discovered very early on that they faced a maze of confusing information with no clear direction.

Julee is knowledgeable and passionate about sharing what she’s learned over the years with parents and caregivers of young children on the Autism Spectrum.

The mission of East Texas Autism Network is to help parents and caregivers receive an early diagnosis for a child who may have autism spectrum disorder(s) in order to receive early intervention treatment.

“Planting potential” is what we strive to do. Early intervention is key to the success of our children.