By Kim Stagliano
Here are some photos of Jenny McCarthy's appearance on CNN today. Thanks to Stan Kurtz of Generation Rescue for making us all feel like we're part of the tour! Have you purchased your copy of Mother Warriors yet? Click HERE to go to Amazon.com.
Do you have any idea how many people believe that autism is NOT treatable? Including much of the medical establishment? For God's sake, we need to teach them otherwise. Jenny is leading the charge because of her skyhigh platform. But we can do plenty at the grassroots level too.
God knows most doctors have little to offer our kids by way of treatment, because they really don't believe treatment is possible. "You've got to be carefully taught." Do you know that song about racism and predjudice from the musical "South Pacific?" Docs are carefully taught even today that autism is not treatable and certainly not caused by "anything." They discriminate against our children every day.
What did your docs say to you around diagnosis time? I heard, "Call Early Intervention. Get an MRI. Test for Fragile X. Try to get speech therapy. How is school? Schedule a follow up in 12 months." No one ever said, "Change the diet. Check the blood and urine for metabolic disturbances. Let's dig in here Kim and see what we can do for your kids. We need to get them help immediately!" Remember, autism is a classified as a psychiatric illness. And it's hard to change that mindset. But we can do it.
The more people who know our kids are worth the time, effort, expense and emotional energy it takes to help heal them the better off their lives will be. And just maybe the next time a neurologist or psychiatrist tells a parent of a newly diagnosed child, "There's no cure. Just try therapy and drugs to quash behaviors..." that parent will be able to say, "You're WRONG." and walk out with her head held high. And then get busy healing her child.
Get yourself a copy of Mother Warriors and become a lending library. Send it out and then get it back and send it out again. Highlight the passages you want people to read. Get some sticky notes and go to town.
Jenny is awfully good at spreading the word. But she can't do it alone. Together, we can "carefully unteach" the people around us.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.