November 8, 2008

The Tragedy of Autism?

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“Deep Breath In… Long Breath Out.”

Thanks, Sunshine!   I really needed that advice… especially for this post.

The tragedy of autism is compounded by one fact that makes desperate parents wish they could turn back the hands of time: symptoms of the neurodevelopmental disorder typically show up when a child is 2 or 3 or even older, but by then it may be too late to prevent or reverse whatever glitches in brain development (still pretty much a mystery) underlie the disease. It is even on the late side for getting a child the behavioral interventions and special education that might mitigate some of the worst symptoms.

The tragedy of autism?

Tragedy?

Desperate parents wishing they could turn back the hands of time?

Desperate?

2 or 3 years old may be too old for intervention?

Too old?

Newsweek’s Sharon Begley has me on edge right now.

I can literally feel the blood in my veins boiling, and at any moment, I could spontaneously combust. To open an article with such a devastating blow to those of us who don’t see autism as a death sentence is insulting, to say the least.

I already know what the rest of the article is about because I blogged about it yesterday. I’m just ticked off with Begley’s poor choice of words.

Parents of autistic children don’t want to read stuff like this.

For someone’s who “widely known for her ability to break down complex scientific theories and write about them in simple prose”, Begley may want to work on her tact.

Something must be in the water, because I seem to be on hot fire tonight.

When it comes to autism and how people view it, I’m sensitive.

My apologies… I just had to get this off my chest.

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