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Autism in the News – Tuesday, 11.02.10

For Families With Children Who Have Special Needs, a Little Break (The New York Times)
Thursday, for Jennifer Choi, is the day of rest, a much-anticipated Sabbath that comes and goes all too soon. Read more.

At the Age of Peekaboo, in Therapy to Fight Autism (Sacramento, Calif.)
In the three years since her son Diego was given a diagnosis of autism at age 2, Carmen Aguilar has made countless contributions to research on this perplexing disorder. Read more.

Parents of autistic teens rally in Laverton (Australia)
Parents have pledged to continue their fight for a prep to year 12 autism-specific school in the western suburbs. Read more.

Baby signs of the times (Canada)
When Hartford Berg wants milk he opens and closes his hand, as if he’s milking a cow. The 14-month-old touches his fingertips together to show he wants more of something and grips his hands tightly in front of him and shakes like he is shivering to say he’s cold. Read more.

Wirral police to learn about autism in bid to build community relations (UK)
Wirral police officers will be taught about autism this week in a bid to help build community relations. Read more.

  1. November 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Every human being has the right to live a life. Whether it be a normal or mental one. People must take into fact that whatever god has given us we must take it for granted. Ms. Choi’s Children are a perfect example of that. For parents, I have learned that it is hard to cope with kids that have mental disorders. Some parents can’t take it whereas others are full of patience. Ms. Choi lives in the urban area of New York where it is always fast and busy. With children, it is more harder. To help get a away from work is a great way to nourish the mind and get some peace. Ms. Choi is lucky to have a understanding babysitter that helps the parents get a break. Catalina learns how to deal with the children while she was with Ms. Choi. She learns that love is the only way to get through with somebody, whether it be a normal person or autistic. Anger with the children will only scare them away whereas love will make them more understanding and heartwarming. I have learned that by having kids with mental disorders, normal people begin to look into life with deeper aspects. People fill hearts with love, like Ms. Choi, which is the most important element of life.

  2. November 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Everyone needs a break from their lives. Adults need it from there children. Ms. Choi is a stay at home mom taking care of two children with mental disorders. Her perspective toward the kids has influenced Ms. Choi’s babysitter, Catalina. Catalina is always there for the kids when the Choi’s go out for a break. Catalina has learned from Ms. Choi that patience and love is the only way to reason with someone, especially if the person has mental disabilities. Whenever the kids behave bad, Ms. Choi doesn’t scream at them, instead she gives them hugs. Love is the best way to get through with a person. Ms. Choi has proved that. Kids with mental problems really need love more than anything. Although to nourish the parents mind, they do go out for a break. Autistic kids cannot be neglected or else they will lose faith of life, they need support and love which is what Ms. Choi has provided for them.

  3. Skillful Squad Seraphs
    November 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Ms. Choi’s story is very common and more needs to be done to help parents in these situations. Ms. Choi was very fortunate to find Catalina and I believe Catalina was fortunate as well, for now she has been driven to a wonderful career choice. As a parent trainer I see the frustration and the stress that families face when raising a child with special needs. It always seems like a constant battle for services, funding, appropriate education but, there are resources out there (you have to do your homework) and I think it is wonderful of JCC to offer that training class.

  4. November 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I find it very interesting that police in Merseyside are wanting to learn about autism in the community. It is good to hear that these cops want to learn more about autism in order to help out the cops and the citizens. It says in the article that “Autism affects the way a person communicates and behaves and can sometimes lead to misinterpretations, or difficulties communicating with police officers and other officials.” The police officers want to learn about autism so that communication would not be a problem that would lead to trouble. The training from the Wirral Autistic Society provided to the police will help officers deal with the condition, reduce anxiety of that person and prevent a problem from spiralling. I think that is very sincere of the Merseyside officers to become aware of autism. These officers are real heroes to look up to since they truly respect their environment.

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