Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month.  Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children with ASD usually display symptoms of social impairment, communication difficulties, and repetitive behaviors. These symptoms can vary significantly from one child to the next, from mild to severe.    If you have ever known a family that is dealing with autism then you understand the emotional and physical toll it can take on everyone in the family. Some dear friends of mine have a son with autism. His name is Greg and he’s now in his 20s. Greg was the most beautiful blond, blue eyed baby boy you have ever met and his family has loved him fiercely through the many trials that autism brings with it. His father, Rick Schostek has written a wonderful book about how their family has done just that, including how they learned to negotiate the special education and adult services systems. If you or someone you know is dealing with ASD I recommend this book. You will be inspired. What Happens Next? Raising a Son With Autism (9781450792998): Rick Schostek: Books

About Gretchen Derda (Woosley), MSW, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a private psychotherapy practice where I specialize in work with families and children. My focus is to help families improve their functioning so that each member of the family can reach their full potential, becoming the persons they were meant to be.
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2 Responses to Autism Awareness

  1. Dianne says:

    I have heard you speak of this family often. Rick’s book should be very insightful to those that read it.

  2. Emily says:

    You know this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart!

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