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In a small condo outside Disneyland, an Indian man I’d just met urged my son, my husband and I to eat the yogurt, lentils and hot naan bread his wife had prepared. Her long skirts swished as she served us, … Continue reading
Autism was a word of uncertainty with a dark aura surrounding the word. Now autism means so much more to me. It means personal growth, strength, and experience. For everyone rocked by this diagnosis, autism places us in a new … Continue reading
It’s a Monday in September 2009, and Joshua, my grandson, bolts out of the school door with a fist in the air. I suspect that he’s had a difficult afternoon. Many days he gives me a wide smile and a … Continue reading
A young couple sits in a doctor’s office, both of them feel anxiety brewing in their stomachs. They had waited two months for this appointment. The doctor, from behind his desk, confirms their worst fears; with a certain lack of … Continue reading
Autism was about as strange to me as Timbuktu. I had never been to Timbuktu, and I had never heard the word “autism” before in my life. Our firstborn son was diagnosed with this disorder in 1985 on a cold … Continue reading
Billy has just had his 8th Birthday. I can’t believe how much he’s grown and how quickly he has become the little boy he now is. Eight years ago, Jon and I were the proudest parents. On April 30th 1996 … Continue reading
It is now estimated that the prevalence of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) lies between 1 in every 100-200 children under the age of 5 years, with ADHD and related behavioural syndromes more than ten times as common. Worryingly, there is … Continue reading
I am a Social Worker and Training Practitioner working with foster carers and the children they look after in their homes. However, as a father of a child with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (more specifically Asperger Syndrome) I am all … Continue reading
My name is Lara Hawkings; I am part of the Treating Autism team and recently presented “Edward’s Story” at the Treating Autism conference in Surrey, England. Edward: born 2002, diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder in June 2006. When I was … Continue reading