“We’re always reading about autism programs for verbal kids who can function with some support. But how about my kid who is so severely affected and will probably never be verbal or independent? How can we improve his quality of life?”
“Our grown son - who's severely affected by autism and living in a group home - no longer eats anything but white-bread bologna sandwiches. We're really concerned about his health. What can we do or where can we find help?”
“Our grandson, who has Asperger syndrome, has difficulty getting food neatly into his mouth. No matter what we say, he seems oblivious when it ends up on his face. And it gets him teased and avoided at school. How can we help him?”
“Our 10-year-old son has high-functioning autism. He really wants to play with other kids at recess but has a hard time catching and kicking balls. We tried soccer to improve his skills. But he comes home angry because he keeps missing that ball. Is his clumsiness just a part of his autism, or is there something we can do to help?”
By Amy Kelly, who serves on the Family Advisory Committee of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“Our 7-year-old son has Asperger’s, and he eats constantly. When we try to talk to him about it, he gets very upset. We try controlling what he eats and getting him outside. But he sneaks food, and it’s so hard to get him away from the television.”
By neurologist Beth Malow, of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and psychologist Terry Katz, of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Both centers are part of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.