During Autism Awareness month, many
organizations share facts and statistics about autism as part of their
campaigns. I like this and I learn a lot
from it, but I’m not always good at remembering them. And I think that’s ok.
Don’t get me wrong. The facts and figures are great for raising
awareness. However, I believe a true
shift in perspective occurs when one gets to know the stories of the families
and individuals behind any given cause.
I’m also more...
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Since April is autism awareness month, we wanted to do our
part in bringing awareness. Here are
some basic facts about autism you may not already know.
A Brief History of Autism
Swiss psychiatrist Eugene
Bleuler first used the term autism in 1911 to describe a subset of his
patients, who he believed to have schizophrenia. It means ‘isolated self’ and derives from the
Greek word ‘autos’ (self).
In the 1940s, psychiatrists began to use the term to
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The term “special needs child” is commonplace these days. It’s likely we all know someone who has a child with special needs. It’s understood that parenting a child with special needs is a huge undertaking and a labor of extreme love—the thought of parenting more than one of these unique children at the same time, however, is mind-boggling.
Recently, I met Anne*—a wonderfully upbeat woman who has three children—all of whom have “special needs.” As if coping with her children’s difficulties was...
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Amber had never heard of Asperger’s when she realized something wasn’t quite right with her then three-year-old son, Taye. Their pediatrician repeatedly told her not to worry; but as a mother, Amber knew better. She spent the next three years scanning the Internet, trying to figure out why her son was so different from other children. When she heard someone mention Asperger’s on a TV show, she immediately went to the computer and searched for the symptoms. What she read made the pieces...
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