Dr. Charles Sophy
Medical Director, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
(the nation's largest foster care operation)
Uneducated opinions such as Mr. Savage's are truly reprehensible. There is NOTHING fraudulent about Autism! It is a real medical condition. It is like saying there's no such thing as a broken leg.
It's not that there are necessarily more autistic people in the world now, but parents and medical experts in the U.S. today are more aware of and more apt to explore "unusual" behaviors or developmental delays in babies and toddlers.
Moreover, there is no medicine for autism. So overmedicating or over prescribing for autism is not a possibility. FULL POST
When I learned about the third grade students in Georgia who plotted to attack their teacher, my heart broke. FULL STORY Essentially, three systems put in place for our kids—parental, educational, mental health–have not yielded an outcome of which anyone of us can be proud. And let me be very clear, this is not about blame. This is about raising awareness of our children and working as a team so that communities wrap around each and every child so they may have a positive outcome. These are the systems in which I believe awareness needs to be strengthened:
The parenting system. I would hope that parents of any child know and connect with the teachers and leaders of the school their child attends. It is their business as parents to know what their kids are up to. In this situation, we are talking about 8- to 10- year-olds, not independent teenagers who even legally have been given freedom. So I stress to parents everywhere: Know yourself, know your child. Parenting begins with you.
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