Hope for Families with Autism
Did you see the series we recently broadcast called “Fighting for Your Child”? If so, you saw some shocking surveillance video of an autistic teen being dragged out of his classroom and placed in a dark room. As you can imagine, his father was devastated when the boy came home with bruises. And because the teen is non-verbal, the dad went to extra lengths to investigate what was going on.
On Friday’s show, you’ll see stories of other parents who stop at nothing to get the best treatment for their autistic children. I applaud their diligence, and I know how painfully difficult life can be for these families as they search for resources for these precious children.
Because April is National Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Frank Lawlis has been gracious enough to offer his new e-book The Autism Answer at no cost this entire month. This is a book of inspiration, information and action plans for parents of autistic children. In the book, he answers many questions that need answering in a big way. Yes, he writes, such a life comes with great challenges and soul-searching, but it can still be fulfilling and, at times, enriching in a way few other parents can understand. Click here to download The Autism Answer.
Autism is an issue we all need to understand. What was once a relatively unknown condition 30 years ago, now affects at least one in 150 children in the United States, which means if you don’t know someone with autism, you will soon. That’s why I heartily recommend The Autism Answer to everyone. I also recommend parents of autistic children to join Frank’s online Autism Answer community. On his Web site, he is constantly passing on new information regarding all the therapies, from sensory training to brain healing, that can help autistic children succeed at their goals in life. And he has a place for parents to socially network — to share their thoughts, questions and concerns with other parents.
“Each day,” Frank writes, “we understand a little bit more about autism.” Although there is no question we have a long way to go, as Frank points out, we now at least have a direction of where to go. And when it comes to this battle, that’s a very, very good thing to hear.
Below are some nationally recognized autism sites for your consideration. Please note that we provide these links for informational purposes only and do not endorse any of these organizations or Web sites.
Special Needs Network
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
C.A.R.D. (Center for Autism and Related Disorders)
Autism Society Of America
Autism Research Institute