Friday, September 28, 2007

Story Idea-Schools and girls with autism

This posting was submitted from Kristin L who wanted to share information about schools caring for children with autism and girls having the disorder. This item was commented to this blog---AR

Kristin L said...
I am a mom with the Autism/Asperger's/ PDD Awareness that you posted on. I think that you should also include awareness in the schools and how a lot of schools do not know what an appropriate program for an autistic child is. For some of our kids the best thing that they can do is be "mainstream" with "typical" children but schools have tended to play doctor and push aside diagnosis and deny services. There is money going into research but not a whole lot goes into therapy. This comes from Jenny McCarthy's book, "Luekemia affects 1 in 25,000 and has $310 mil in private funding. Pediatris AIDS affects 1 in 8,000 and has $394 mil in private funding. Autism affects 1 in 150 and has $15 mil in private funding."THis is why it so important for stories like yours to get more than awareness out. Autism is here and it is not going away. What does the number need to be for our children to start getting help and not judged. Please stress that like snowflakes, there are no two Autistic children alike. Our lives are difficult and hard and so rewarding cause some of us have gotten the early intervention and our kids are improving and learning how to do things that many of us take for granted.

Also cause this is mainly a "Boys" disorder with 1 in 96 being boys, don't forget the girls. When y ou see pieces, it is usualy about boys but our girls are out their too. BOth my son and daughter are on the spectrum, with two very different types, and I do not think that the girls get really any attention. You might want to include a piece on Autism and girls.
September 28, 2007 8:04 PM

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