Over the years I have worked with many Autistic children, and adults. The spectrum is a wide one, and I have noticed that not many people really know how to handle a person with this challenge. Parents are crying out for help, teachers are writing them up for behavioral problems, and caregivers in general seem to be ready to throw their hands up in the air and give up on effectively working with this population. It may be do to the fear of the unknown, or should I say the fear of the misunderstood? Either way, the bottom line is that it requires extensive and comprehensive education and understanding to appropriately address people with Autism.
Recently I was in contact with someone who is “in the know” on this topic. If you have a loved one with Autism or know someone who does, this is a must follow through post. We change the topic, we throw out our own ideas, teachers get angry, parents are frustrated, clinicians are limited in what they can do. This leaves a giant hole for frustration and lack of valid care and treatment for those with this challenge. I am sharing the website of someone who has a proven track record of educating people who work with and have loved ones in this very specific area that we desperately need support in. Tom is an expert in this area, and I suggest you check him out and see what amazing things he is doing to further the quality of care for the Autistic.
Check him out, and share this information with your friends who are at the end of their rope, not sure how to handle what they are facing. Not many times can you access this level of expertise on this topic, so check it out!