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Why Autism and Why Me?

Over five years ago, when we first received our son’s autism diagnosis, one of the first questions I remember asking myself was, "Why me?" "Was I being punished for something I had previously done?" and "What did we do to be dealt such a painful lot?" It’s reasonable to assume that most parents have posed [...]

Why Parents Should Publicize a Child’s Autism

I have been somewhat criticized for making myself and my child a "walking billboard" for autism. I have listened to and given much thought on this matter, keeping my child’s privacy in mind.  However, my most recent research into the difficulties presented for emergency workers, thanks largely to a number of authors who have written [...]

Autism Training Essential for School Bus Drivers

Earlier this month, we wrote about an upsetting incident involving the arrest of a girl with special needs on a school bus.  The officer in the incident, Deputy Mark Perrin, was fired as a result of his actions: One of the pressing questions that has yet to be asked in that case is, "Where was [...]

West Coast States Begin 2011 with Insurance Legislation

Every parent of a child with autism knows the financial and emotional burdens of the disorder, the long waiting lists for services, the exorbitant costs of services, all the while the clock ticks on vital early intervention.  Historically, lack of insurance coverage for autism has left many in dire straits. Fortunately, progress is being made [...]

Using Television as a Teaching Tool

One of the first guilt trips given to parents of newly diagnosed autistic children is the "too much television" bullet. Let’s get the timeline correct. Your child had autism before he started watching TV and it is no more responsible then vaccines, which just dropped out of first place. Kids like to watch television. Use [...]

Mary Poppins and a Mother’s Welcome Guide to Autism

The “Mary Poppins” approach of teaching through play, while being highly animated and visual  is the KEY to curing a child’s autism. “Cure” in the sense that a functional, happy life, complete with a driver’s license, complex relationships, a career and a family of their own is possible. Will they always be quirky? I do [...]

When a Child with Autism is Unwelcome at Church

Here is an audio excerpt from a recent broadcast of Wretched Radio, where host Todd Friel describes an unfortunate situation involving a woman who’s son was turned away from several churches because of his autism.  In the clip, Friel laments at how the woman and her child are treated by places where people expect to [...]

Consequences of Autism Denial Can Be Far Reaching

One of the most harmful things a parent can do when they suspect their child has autism or any other developmental disability is to ignore the problem. Studies and supporting evidence have consistently shown that early intervention is a critical factor in a child’s ability to mainstream themselves into schools and society later in life.  [...]

Dan Marino Looks to Sack Autism

It’s always beneficial when a well-known public figure can use their celebrity status to raise awareness and funding for autism.  But when that celebrity also has a child with autism, there is a “credibility” factor and an instant connection is made with the autism community. As a result, great things are typically accomplished. Such is [...]

Choosing the Right School for a High Functioning Child with Autism

With the turn of a new year, many parents are already looking into enrollment options for the fall of 2011, and one of the most common questions parents of children with autism will ask during this process is: “What school is best for my child?” The answer is not an easy one. Each child is [...]

 
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Did You Know?

  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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