1 in 150 births.
1 to 1.5 million Americans.
Fastest-growing developmental disability.
The statistics regarding Autism rattle me. It’s hard to imagine that this developmental disability — which I’d never even heard of when I was growing up — has become so prevalent.
It seems everyone I know has been touched one way or another by autism. Whether it’s a family member, friend, neighbor or classmate — it seems everyone is learning more about this disorder.
I think one of the positive results of this prevalence is an increased understanding and awareness within our communities. I think the more each of us knows about disorders such as Austism and Aspergers the better community we provide.
So, I’d like to open up this post to those of you who have been touched in some way by autism.
Please add a comment and share a link to your own blog and/or links to any other helpful blogs, websites, forums, books or other resources.
I imagine we have many readers at different stages of their experience with autism. Some will have a child who has just been diagnosed while others have been raising a child who has learned to live with autism for many years.
I think it would be great to share resources to help everyone along the journey.
I also believe that for those of us who do not have children of our own who are experiencing autism, that we should also learn as much as we can since it is only a matter of time before our lives will also be touched in some way by autism.
I’d like to start off the discussion with a link to a book we were recently asked to review. It’s called “What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child With Autism”.
Personally I was really glad I read this short, uplifting book. I’m clearly not an expert on autism nor am I a parent or anyone who has first hand experience parenting or working with a child who has autism, but to me it seemed to have some great ideas on simple, effective ways to help a child who experiences autistic traits.
He also has an associated website called www.TenThingsAutism.com where readers can attend online seminars.
I had never heard of this program before and Jonathon mentions that they follow a unique method of treatment and so I imagine there may be some controversy or varying opinions about the center and their methods. (Generally, when a method is unique and different from other methods that seek the same end results there is bound to be differing opinions.)
But I found the stories Jonathon shared to be so powerful as he and the team at the center used simple yet profound methods to radically improve the behavior of so many children.
What about you? Have you read this book or heard about or even experienced the The Son-Rise Program?
And as I mentioned earlier, if you have a personal experience with autism, please take this opportunity to share your own blog link and links to other helpful resources.