April 6, 2010

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and, though I do not have a child with autism, I am very close to it. I have a wonderful friend who has a son with Asperger's and I was an aid to a boy with autism a couple of years ago - it was the greatest job ever!

I ask that you would take the time to educate yourself on autism and what it is. Children with autism are often mistaken for "problem children" because people do not understand the diagnosis or do not realize that is what is causing the behavior of a specific child. The children (and parents) are stared at in public, talked about, and sometimes asked to leave because the child is so "unruly."

It hurts my heart to think the children and parents are cast away because the child has an outburst due to an autism diagnosis. Take the time to ask before castin judgement - if you do not understand, ask questions!

My rant is over - just needed to get that out and let everyone know how I feel :)

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