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Learn The Signs

I knew something was terribly wrong with my son when he was two. I took him to my pediatrician, detailed my concerns, and was told that nothing was wrong – that I needed to relax, and give him some more time. 

Trusting this advice was the biggest mistake of my life. Time was my enemy. And my son was slipping away. 

Six months later, we got the official diagnosis of autism. By then, our happy boy was gone. He had lost his wonderful personality. Gone was the ability to laugh, speak, and run to his mother for a big hug.

We will never know how much those six months cost us. 

Nothing is more important than early diagnosis and treatment. But, please, don’t leave this up to your doctor. He or she may have learned almost nothing about autism in medical school. You have to take responsibility for educating yourself about this disorder.

Know the signs … and don’t let anyone tell you not to worry. Remember … 1 in 166. That one could be your child, just like it was ours.

— A message from Suzanne & Bob Wright’s daughter

Learn the Signs

Nothing is more important with autism than early detection and intervention. If your child is not reaching the following developmental milestones, let your physician know immediately.

 3 Months: 
– Begins to develop a social smile 
– Raises chest and head when lying on stomach
– Watches face intently
– Smiles at the sound of your voice

 7 Months:
– Enjoys social play 
– Transfers object from hand to hand 
– Ability to track moving objects improves
– Responds to own name 
– Finds partially hidden object

 1 Year:
– Enjoys imitating people in his play 
– Reaches sitting position without assistance 
– Bangs two objects together 
– Responds to simple verbal requests

2 Years:
– Walks alone 
– Points to object or picture when it’s named for him 
– Begins make-believe play
– Demonstrates increasing independence 

3 Years:
– Climbs well 
– Turns book pages one at a time 
– Uses 4- to 5-word sentences 
– Sorts objects by shape and color 

4 Years: 
– Goes upstairs and downstairs without support 
– Draws circles and squares 
– Tells stories 
– Cooperates with other children 

5 Years: 
– Swings, climbs, hops, somersaults 
– Says name and address 
– Can count 10 or more objects 
– Likes to sing, dance and act 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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