Thanks for your Extreme Love: Autism program, which I got the opportunity to see on Danish national television for 3 days ago. I have some questions though:
Why you didn’t show a more varied picture of the families with autistic children. I’ve got the impression that the families in the program were, more or less, stay-at-home mothers. Autism strikes regardless of social status.
I have the positive impression that they indeed are loving and caring parents doing their best to raise those kids, but without passing criticism, I didn’t seem to spot continuity with what’s done in the Developmental Learning Center at home.
Something else I also missed from your program was info on when the children first got the formal diagnose and when they did start getting targeted therapy.
I am a mother of a 4 year autistic boy. Thanks to the early diagnosis and intervention we now have a loving, relaxed and able to connect boy. I’m not saying that we’re done. There’s in fact so much remaining work to do.
That’s why I wonder about info re diagnosis and intervention. Seen from the eyes of those who have neuro typical children the portrait drawn in your program of autistic children might get very sharp.
And talking about the agressiveness there was a scene in your program were one the mothers sits on the boy’s chest to neutralise him.
No one would do that or train a mother with a disabled child to do that in Denmark. We use ball blankets which are soothing and sensory stimulation tools.
I quote from the BBC homepage on your program:http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/progin
” Louis travels to DLC Warren in New Jersey, one of the most innovative autism schools of its kind
, to find out how specialised intervention can help both the children and the families who care for them.”
I warmly encourage you to look up at similar institutions in Netherlands, Denmark, Sweeden and Norway. That’s what I’d call innovative.