Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Parenthood (The TV show) and Autism

Are you a fan of the TV show Parenthood?

If so, you may have seen this.

This 32 second video brings me to tears........

You don't have to be a fan of the show to feel a parent's pain.

I believe that everyone has a dream-like idea about life and parenting.

We want the best for our kids, and when something is wrong, we want to fix it for them.

Sometimes, our kids have a problem that we can't fix.

Such is the case for families with autistic children. 

Such is the case for the us.

The TV show Parenthood brings to the "big screen" a real look at autism on a day to day basis.

If you watch the show, you know what I am talking about.

The character Max has a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome.
The same diagnosis as Michael.

If you don't watch the show: 
Here is a brief description
Asperger syndrome was first described by Viennese pediatrician Hans Asperger in the 1940s, who observed boys who possessed normal intelligence and language development traits but were experiencing challenges with social and communication skills. Though it was classified as a separate disorder from autism in 1994, many professionals feel that Asperger syndrome is simply a milder form of autism; they use the term "high-functioning autism." Separate or not, it is a very real condition that can have a significant impact on affected families.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

I am always available to talk to anyone that suspects their child has any form of autism. 
You are not alone.  

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