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Every day I explain to parents why their child has an autism spectrum disorder and how the diagnosis will change their life and the life of their child. I see the uncertainty, bewilderment and fear in their eyes. I answer questions about services, expectations and outcomes. I provide support but mostly I listen and help in any way I can.
Although we do not know what causes autism spectrum disorders we know we can help every child and adult who has autism. I have written this guide to help those exposed to autism directly or indirectly understand what it means to be autistic and how we can and must provide educational, social, behavioral and wellness services to every individual with an autism spectrum disorder.
Please share this guide with everyone touched by your child and especially with your friends and family. It is my gift to you and was given to me by your child.