Media Advisory

Part 4: Stop Calling Our Children Tragic

If you are a parent of a child on the autism spectrum (now 1 out of 150 children), you are used to people feeling sorry for you.

You’re used to people saying, in sympathetic tones, how “sad” and “tragic” it is that you have the child that you have. Oftentimes, even the doctors or diagnosticians informing you of your child’s diagnosis can’t hide their pity.

You know this doesn’t feel right, but it can seem hard not to give in to this mentality.

The most overlooked area of autism treatment consists of our attitudes and emotions. Step one is acquiring a new lens through which to see our children.

What if we could see our children’s uniqueness as a blessing, not a curse? What if we could free ourselves from everyone else’s dark vision of our children’s future and see the light of their potential? What if we could enjoy the children we have instead of mourning for the ones we don’t?

When I was diagnosed with severe autism, and my parents created a program which enabled my complete recovery, it was their attitude that saw them through.

So, we can keep looking down with pity upon these special children and continue to encourage their families to do the same. Or we can throw away our tired labels and see these children for the gifts that they are.

When it comes to children with autism, ask yourself: whose side are you on?

The Autism Treatment Center of America™ (ATCA) is home of The Son-Rise Program® for autism treatment and education. The Son-Rise Program is the only program that:

Media: To interview Raun K. Kaufman for Autism Awareness Month, contact Brenda Nashawaty at brenda@option.org or call 617-688-3253.