Now I have found that others don't always find all the things you find beautiful about your child to be so beautiful, but I think that's where Leonard Bernstein comes in. Everyone around us saw it. Everyone felt it but none of us could name it.
You don't have to be a grown-up to advocate. You have to care about something and, most importantly, you have to act on it. So teach your children well. Get them involved in whatever issue is central to your life.
Sesame Street is really good at promoting diversity. The reason my friends are upset is not that Sesame Street wants to focus on autism -- it is that Autism Speaks is involved. And I think they have a point.
I understand, and many researchers have pointed out to me, that grandfathering these autism diagnoses is scientifically messy at best. It may take decades to "clean up" the science; in the meantime, it's my duty to advocate for my patients.
We are told that autistic children get "locked" in their own world. The very metaphor trips us up. It leads us to think that our children are suffering and need us to pull them out of their world. This belief needs to change.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) occur at a higher rate in transgender people than in the general population. Moreover, female-to-male (FTM) transgender people have higher rates of autistic features than do male-to-female (MTF) transgender people or cisgender males and females.
ASD language processors are no different from other gestalt processors except that their timeline is much longer. And because of that, their sources of language input include much more media than natural language of a household.
The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, better known as "vaccine court," has just awarded millions of dollars to two children with autism for "pain and suffering" and lifelong care of their injuries, which together could cost tens of millions of dollars.