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ERIC Number: EJ903166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Brady, Our Firstborn Son, Has Autism
Yeh-Kennedy, Mei
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v9 n1 p26-30 Spr-Sum 2008
Autism awareness is spreading like wildfire. Diagnoses have increased at an astounding rate. The statistic most often quoted is that 1 child in 150 has autism. As if the high rate of autism diagnoses were not worrisome enough, many doctors are not properly trained, or kept up to date, on how to detect autism at the earliest possible age. In many cases, once parents learn that their child has autism, the medical system has little to offer beyond that diagnosis. Even though there are many good books and websites that describe autism and how to detect it early, parents still face the tremendous challenge of obtaining early intervention and other forms of support. In this article, the author shares her experience with her firstborn son, Brady, who has autism. Brady was formally diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder when he was 38 months old. The author lists some of the many signs of autism published on the Internet. Here, the author points out that parents shouldn't wait for more than one red flag or accept a doctor's assurances. As soon as parents notice even one of the signs, they must push for evaluations and assistance. It can take a long time to obtain a diagnosis, but parents want their child to get all the interventions as early as possible. Like all families with an autistic child, the author hopes she and her husband are on the right path to their child's recovery and that they will be able to provide him access to every possible opportunity for growth.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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