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Raising Autistic Children

Remembering Brian Hughes - Innocence, Prison, Mental Illness, AIDS and Family

Patrick Hughes, Jr. | Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago
Patrick Hughes, Jr.

My parents discussed with me what it was like to raise a child with mental illness. I am forever grateful to my parents for making Brian part of our lives, and for their extraordinary generosity in sharing his story with people we have yet to meet.

Following Ezra: Lessons on Raising a Child with Autism

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 12.13.2011 | Parents
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Following Ezra, by author Tom Fields-Meyer, is not just a book about raising a child with autism; it's a very well-written book about the trails and tribulations of being a parent, period.

Life With Autism: A Snapshot

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 09.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

How we managed to get through those middle-of-the-night-awakenings month after month is something I cannot fathom. The combination of screaming in pain and requests for help -- help I am unable to give -- is what breaks my heart.

Living With Autism: What I'd Say If I Had Dinner With President Obama

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I imagined what I would say to you, Mr. President, if I had the opportunity to have dinner with you. I would speak with you about the rising numbers of children diagnosed with autism.

Marriage and Autism (Part II)

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Early on my husband and I realized the importance of down time, because with an autistic child, there is so little of it.