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Do not despair….

What a funny way to start a blog post, but I was inspired to do so by a book I am reading.  My daughters therapist, after a discussion about books on parenting, sent a book home with my daughter.  The book is called, “Christlike parenting,” by Dr. Glenn Latham.  She recommended the book because Dr. Latham is well respected in the world of behavior analysts.  Truly, I wish I had been given this book 10 years ago when our oldest was born.

Never the less, thank you Janine for this book and here is the message I have gotten from the first couple chapters.  “Do not despair.”  All too often, especially those of us with special needs children, blame ourselves when things go wrong.  We contemplate where we went astray and convince ourselves that had we done a better job…. well things would be different.  We walk around defeated on some days and our kids KNOW it.  But Dr. Latham tells us to stop blaming ourselves.  He even goes so far as to say that if we were judging parents on how our children turn out, even God would have failed.  WOW… that is very eye opening.  Now this is not to say we need do nothing, except to say that we need to do the best we can and not despair when something goes wrong.

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I highly recommend Dr. Lathams’ book to people of all faiths.  My daughters’ therapist is not a christian and I am so touched that she gave this book to me….  If you are looking for a non-drug approach or a supplement to medication, this book gives very straight forward information on how to raise our children in a positive way.

Never stop reaching…

In the absence of a cure or even an accurate prognosis of a child’s future, do not be afraid to believe in a child’s potential. Most children with autism will benefit from intervention. Many, if not most, will make very significant, meaningful progress. – Autism Speaks

I could not resist posting this quote from the Autism Speaks website.  It sums up about everything we do.

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Is there a cure for autism?  At ASD perspectives, we believe there are some children who have had such success with biomedical treatments as to render them undiagnosable.  Having said that, our own children have good days and really bad days.  We know that bio-medical approaches (namely exstensive sensory integration, OT and natural supplement) have given our children the chance at a normal life.  Our therapists have been amazed at progress.  However, other days we wonder if we will ever get through.

Today my 8 year old said to me, ‘ autism is not so bad…  you don’t get ignored… people have to take notice.”  So yes, in the absence of a cure… we will never be afraid to believe and work towards a child’s absolute potential- knowing that potential can surpass our own.

When you are blogging about Autism…

When you are blogging about autism… where do you start.  Do I start with my story?  Do I start with my purpose?  Do I start with a vision or an article or….?

If you are caught up in the crazy, wild, entertaining, thought provoking, seemingly never ending world of autism spectrum disorders, you understand that question.  Where do I begin?  Maybe you are a teacher, therapist, aunt, uncle, doctor (we would love for you to be here) or… even more likely, a parent.  My journey with autism started as a high school babysitter, then a nanny, then a parent and now a nutrition consultant, too.  But most importantly, I am a mom with children on the Autism Spectrum and I council families, daily, on how to use natural approaches to get their children happier and healthier.

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I created ASD Perspectives to help other families, professionals and caring people start to sort out this wacky world and make sense of the “spectrum.”  Please join in the fun.  (I do not mean to make light of a serious topic, but you all know that we can wake up every day defeated or ready to make this world a better, more educated place for our children and families.  Children and adults on the spectrum make up a larger portion of the population than most want to believe and, with our help, they will make a huge difference in this world.

This is my ASD Perspective at this moment and I would love to hear yours.  Oh, and be sure to contact me with questions, research topics and your ASD perspective.  (Sigh- a tear rolls down my eye as I am so overjoyed to have launched this site.)