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    Posted February 5, 2010 by
    Glenview, Illinois
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    Autism awareness

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    Overcoming Autism


    Aditya now a non verbal 12 year old was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 and 8 months old. My wife at that time was doing her residency in Internal Medicine at one of the Univ of Chicago Hospitals and I was working for Motorola on cutting edge Voice over IP technology both heading for good careers on top of the world.

    When you hear for the first time you go through the 5 stages denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. You wish you child was not born or would just simply die. Marriage becomes a sparring match 24x7 and everyone gets blamed for it.

    We thought about several things and some we realize with passing years

    --Read about it and judged that science is not anywhere to answering the questions and people who preach no vaccines,  diets, weird remedies and medications are there to make a quick buck or inflate their egos. Any quack or celebrity can write a book or web page, just be careful what you read unless there is a double blinded trial done and FDC/CDC approve the course of treatment

    --There is no magic cure

    --Just like each person is different every autistic kid is different and covers a whole spectrum

    --Autism is normally accompanied by ADHD, OCD, depression and general anxiety which can be treated through medication

    --Neurotypical communication or behavior can be taught to some extend but in many cases there is no "CURE" only behavior modification and generalization practice to mainstream the child as much as possible.

    --You have to compromise on your careers unfortunately so you can spend time with your child and see that he/she gets good services

    --Explore grants and services offered in your state

    --For everyone except you it’s a 9 to 5 job so you are your child’s best advocate. Remain on top of the school, therapies, medication and work with you child EVERDAY and CONSISTENTLY

    --Most of all LOVE your child. You brought him into this world; the child did not ask to be born



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