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Monday, February 19, 2007

Autism breakthrough?

Most schools have seen an increase in students with autism over the last several years, prompting a surge in research.

Here is an article discussing some potentially revealing genetic research.

If that one was a little boring because it had words like "genome" in it, then try this one.

Here is a heartwarming story about a little boy with autism who is making great gains.

Wawasee has 25 students with autism.


Anonymous said...

Sunday evening's 60 Minutes program also featured a segment on autism. It stresses successful interventions when diagnosed early. There is a video of a cute boy who has made great strides.

mcewen said...

thanks for that posting. The autistic savants always make the head lines but the more 'mundane' cases of minor everyday triumphs are apparently less newsworthy.

Roberta said...

Thanks for sharing these links. I agree that it is nice to see realistic cases. I am the mom of an autistic boy who has made great progress. I know I have had other moms tell me that he gives them hope, which is nice. I also know that I once had someone tell me she was offended by the way the autism speaks site shows kids screaming and such, not showing progress can be made. I told her that, to me, this was nice that they do that. It makes other parents realize that the meltdowns are normal for autistic children. We are NOT bad parents and our children are NOT brats, they have autism. Yes, we do get these comments when our kids have meltdowns from being overstimulated. I am glad that the school does offer so much more for the kids these days. It is true, the sooner a child gets help, the better his/her chances for progress may be. The thing is, we parents appreciate our kids for who they are regardless.:-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you Dr. Stock for another informative post!

Roberta, thank you for your post! It’s nice to hear from another parent of a child with autism! Your comments are hugely recognizable.

I can meet a parent or read a post like the ones above, from the parents point of view, and it will consistently validate my own experiences every time. It is so helpful to know that even though doubts can come from what others perceive from the outside we as parents know from the inside.

When I first found out about our daughters diagnosis it was devastating, and very emotional. There was a sense of lose; my heart was broken for her. It was like my little girl was not what I ever expected. That sounds horrible now because she has changed my life. She has taught me compassion, patience, and acceptance of others that I never knew I had. She has made me a stronger person. She is unique and special in so many ways. I would not change who she is for anything! There are struggles and ups and downs but my life would not be the same if it where not for her.

With my daughter’s experiences, early intervention was absolutely the key! Now it has been almost 6 years since we found out; if you where to meet her now you would not know that she struggles with autism. It helps when your school has teachers that are willing to except your Child and understand their needs. Peers that are accepting of a child with autism or a child with special needs also contribute highly to their success. I thank those children and teachers with these qualities and attribute allot of my daughters successes to their compassion and accepting qualities. Communication with those that work with my daughter has been essential to her accomplishments.

I have realized not everyone is as informed as I would like them to be. This only helps me realize that there is always room for improvement. Our children are lucky though; to be born into a society that is now more aware and improving everyday to learn how to appropriately address their needs that will change their lives.

My daughter is at an age now that she is able to express to me that she is happy being who she is and accepts herself for her differences. That is what matters most to me!

your mom!! said...

thanks for sharing

your mom..

student of mms said...

what's with some of these weird people posting odd stuff like the person above me. it's dumb to post stupidity on the superintendent's blog site. it makes no sense to do it,who agrees