‘Resources Are Out There’: Riley Center Remembers Autistic Student Randle Barrow
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Today, following the police report that Barrow drowned her son and then killed herself, members of Huntsville’s autism and special needs communities are grieving their loss and wondering what signs they missed that her life may have become too overwhelming to bear.
Randle Barrow’s friends and family are certainly not the only ones reeling from news of the 8-year-old’s death. Those who worked with him closely at Huntsville’s Riley Center – as well as the special needs service provider community as a whole – surely have awareness and advocacy heavy on their minds today, asking ‘what went wrong?’
Huntsville Police have not said how Delicia Barrow died or what caused the fire. The investigation is ongoing.
Neither Huntsville Police nor the Madison County Department of Human Resources would say whether they’d been called to the Barrow home in the past.
Melody Crane, director of the Riley Behavioral and Educational Center, an autism center in Huntsville where Randle was enrolled, sent out a press release Monday morning. She wrote:
"After having worked closely with authorities following Randle's absences from school, we were contacted early Sunday morning by investigators to inform us that Randle Barrow's body was recovered from Guntersville Lake. No other details surrounding Randle's death have been released to us at this time. We are shocked and so very deeply saddened by this loss. Randle was a joy every day he was with us. He was always smiling, giggling and greeting those around him. His concern and caring for his classmates and teachers were evident every day. Randle will be greatly missed and our hearts go out to his family."
Many special needs service providers and advocacy groups were reluctant to comment on the case on camera, but the vast sentiment from all of them is that parents need to know help is out there.
Riley Behavioral and Educational Center is one of several local organizations that offer help not only for children with disabilities but for the parents.
Below are links to other helpful resources for parents and their children:
These are people who can provide Applied Behavior Analysis. They offer different types of services, some school setting, in-home therapy, etc. We recommend you contact each provider to see what fits your child and your family’s needs:
Behavioral Intervention Services, Inc.
Jane Veverka, M.Ed., BCBA
Autism & Behavior Therapist/Consultant
Applied Behavioral Concepts, Inc.
Best Solution, LLC
Behavioral and Educational Services and Therapy
Kimberly Marsh, M.Ed., BCaBA
The Riley Behavioral & Education Center
Kimberly Travis, M. Ed., BCBA
Tam Dahlgren, M.Ed., BCBA
Jessica Epperson, M.S., BCBA
Katie Divelbiss, M.A., BCBA
Holly Sharpe, M. Ed., BCBA
Robert Phillips, M.A., BCBA
4092 South Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35802