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I am the mother of several special needs children. My last to be diagnosed was labeled Autistic, but I had to laugh a little when I read through her Education Plan. Only one time did they use the word “Autistic.” The rest of the time the word “Exceptional” was used. Not “delayed” or anything about being on the autistic spectrum,” but “Exceptional.”

It’s true that words like “Autism” or “Aspergers” are quickly becoming unfashionable. After all, most criminals wear one of those labels these days. In fact, we usually hear about a killer having a mental health issue being on the autism spectrum as soon as the drooling reporters hit the crime scene. It’s been so publicized and misused that a mom like me hesitates before I tell anyone.

Thank you society for pushing me here.

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There is no mistaking when you’ve spent some time with my youngest that there is something different. Yes, there is a beauty underneath that curly mop of hair, but you likely will never see her eyes because she won’t make eye contact with anybody she doesn’t know very well. If you bend down and address her directly, she will run. It doesn’t really matter if she does run, because she is non-verbal.

But for goodness sake don’t ask me why she is the way she is, because I don’t want to use the word “Autistic” anymore. I don’t want you to visualize a pimply kid in a trench coat sporting assault weapons. Then again, they have you looking at a .22 hunting rifle as an assault weapon, so maybe all of our definitions and views are slightly askew.

This isn’t just my view. I belong to several “Moms Of Special Needs” groups and we lament often about the unfashionable labels and the hilarity that is “Exceptional.” We also discuss the long term effects of this media attention and flinging around of the “Autistic Spectrum” labels. Long term effects such as parents not discussing issues with their pediatricians because they don’t want to face having an Autistic child. Medical care providers that make notes in the back of the file to pass along to the government about a potential dangerous person when they see a 3 year old with a hand flapping issue. Children who are high functioning and will never be able to have the luxuries of being normal and being able to protect their family with a gun because at one time someone stuck a “hazardous” label on their childhood.

But neither should we say there is “nothing” wrong and the child is just “Exceptional.” There is a huge push from the Autistic Community that there is nothing wrong with being on the spectrum and they just “think” a little outside the box full of fun colored puzzle pieces. It’s all warm and fuzzy, but it’s just a shove back at society that not every Autistic kid is going to shoot up a school when they are older.

So where is this publicity about Autism and mental health issues as discussed by our government going to lead us? Until the day we start discussing it as a “health epidemic” and create a nation that is willing to fight this “health epidemic” with the ferocity we see with pushing for flu shots and birth control, we will see parents with children undiagnosed because it’s an unfashionable and unfathomable label to see stuck on their kid.

 

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  • Auntie_Social

    Well, they surely won’t be allowing you nor your children to be able to have access to any self-defense weapons.
    That’s the direction it’s going. The government will expand its definition of who is competent to own a weapon, and anybody who is, or lives with, anyone on the autistic spectrum will be ruled out.

    • mplo

      So what does that mean? is it going to mean that any child(ren), adolescent(s) or adult(s) who is/are anywhere on the autistic spectrum will not be allowed to enroll in any martial arts/unarmed combat classes as a means of self-defense against bullying and/or to boost their self-confidence in order to at least reduce their chances of being teased/bullied by classmates in school, or co-workers when they enter the workplace, out in the real world? If that’s the case, it sucks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1714749609 Laura McLaughlin

    Having worked with these “exceptional children” in their adult years, I do not believe the violence mentioned in the PC blood bath rituals commentary that the anti-gun movement likes to spout comes from the child themselves, but from the volatile cocktails of psychotropic drugs handed to them by a so-called doctor that is in bed with Big Pharma. Drugs that change the patient into an unrecognizable shell and have not had enough tests to have a clue of the long term effects on the individual. If blame is to be put anywhere. I blame the ACLU that has helped to destroy our mental heath care with their bizarre law suits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenorbin Ken Orbin

    With Autism its a deficiency of nutrients. We all need to free ourselves and others from volatile cocktails of psychotropic drugs from Big Pharma. Dr. Walloch knows so from is work. http://keno.my90forlife.com/

  • koala

    Many autistic people have stable homes with parents still married to each other. All the shooters are from broken homes.