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posted by Andrea Griffith-Girtz in Health

Families Fighting Autism

November 2, 2010

The New York Times ran a piece Monday about autism and one family's efforts to fight it. I find it interesting because I once worked closely with an Occupational Therapist to develop content on therapies designed for various childhood diagnosis, including autism.

Although no one is exactly sure what CAUSES autism, friends of mine have refused to vaccinate their children (which has sparked HEATED debate) on fears it may contribute.

Have you made the same choice? I would imagine this would be a very, very tough decision. What influenced you?

For those who find themselves facing autism, parents can expect to spend THOUSANDS of dollars and HOURS of time on their child's therapy. Interviewing Moms and Dads, I always marveled at how most seemed so incredibly positive about their child's progress and the possibility of future breakthroughs. Of course, we're finding out more all the time so, hopefully, answers are on the way...

Has autism affected you or your family?

Have you struggled with whether to vaccinate?

Have you recently had a child and banked the cord blood (just in case)?

Are there therapies you've found work for your child?

Click through for the NYT article on fighting autism.

(AP Photo/The Reporter - Justin Connaher)

 

 

 

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