I will just say it! I live in Tennessee, one of the worse states to live in with autism. My own personal path onto the autism spectrum makes me understand that more then I would like. I have started calling people in my community when I know that things are going on that they could have a table to educate people about autism, maybe even free screanings. Well, Friday they had an Autism Awareness Day in another town and we went. This is where my child receives speech therapy. The owner is wonderful and is one of the few known autism experts around here. Curt had therapy today and we were talking about what happened after I left and she told me that they diagnosed 13 children with autism on Friday. I wonder how many of those parents have told a doctor or specialist (such as Early Intervention) and been brushed off. When will people with degrees quit thinking that parents are stupid! It infirates me. Like we haven't been with these children sense birth and know their habits??? If you have a child and you have concerns talk till someone listens.....it took me 10 1/2 months and I'm learning thats actually a short period of time compared to others. You are your childs voice----some of ours don't even have one!!!

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Apr. 12, 2011 at 6:34 PM


I gotta tell you-we considered moving to TN before we moved to NC-so glad we did-If you want some fantastic services I can tell you the district I moved to is amazing (and I had "good" services" back in PA-but ended up with even better services)

You are correct-you ARE your child's voice-keep perservering. Sometimes it's really tough-but your voice WILL be heard.

More (((HUGS)))

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Apr. 12, 2011 at 6:43 PM

This is so so so true! 

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