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Thousands of children are not getting the help they deserve because their parents are misinformed or uneducated. My 5-year old son Elias is high functioning Autistic, but you would not know it when first meeting him. Most people think of Rain Man when they think Autism. Elias appears to make eye contact, is very social with adults and is extremely verbal and polite.
We were turned away from services because miseducated doctors told us he couldn't be Autistic because he, "makes eye contact and gestures." These were doctors! With the growing epidemic (1 in 150 children) it is imperative that we show other parents that their "weird" child may be on the spectrum. People always told us that Elias was "just sensitive." I started feeling like maybe I was the person who had something wrong with them. I felt like no one else saw the things my husband and I did. I have never felt so helpless in my life.
We pushed to find out what was wrong with him. It took two years to get help. One doctor told us, if we hadn't pushed he would have surely slipped through the cracks and he would not be getting the therapy he so desperately needs to have a good shot of a independent life. How many other children are slipping through the cracks? Many parents don't know what to do. They are not sure what is wrong with their child. Education is key!