About Me

I am the proud mother of 6 children. 5 of our children have autism. We do not feel our world has ended, but just begun. We do not chelate, intervene biochemically, give shots of any kind, practice ABA, etc. We treat them as we treat any humanbeing. We treat them with kindness and respect and expect the same from them. They are exceptional children.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Stay Tuned....

Today, I received no less than 10 emails informing me about the Lancet retraction....frankly, I could care less !!!
I went and looked on AoA and noticed that they have rebutted over and over again...kind of funny how they are protesting a bit too much !!!

Then, I went on a few other "predictable" web sites and read "predictable" comments on how if it was not for this amazing doctor..their children would be in "AUTISM HELL"..

I am the mother of 6 children...5 with some form of Autism. I think we know a thing or two about autism.
Contrary to popular belief...they are all AUTISTIC.....!!!

Without the aide of biomedical treatment..which includes B12 shots, IVIG infusion, chelation, scoping, spinal taps, lotions, suppositories and creams...our children have improved. As a matter of fact..they are excelling.

Being from the great state of Texas:
where we "cure" our meat and "recover" our furniture....I find those words offensive.

My children have all improved since their individual diagnoses...mainly, because, we never thought they wouldn't. We never made them feel they could not achieve any goal they wanted to meet. They are amazing.

Now.. I know this is hard to believe, but I have never posed for Playboy, and Oprah does not grovel over me (though she probably should ;) ), but I think I have a thing or two to offer to parents who are raising autistic children. I don't have all of the answers, but after 19 years, I have learned a lot from my children.

I have an interview with a pretty big news entity this week...will I speak my mind??...What do you think????

Stay tuned.....


Liz Ditz said...

I sometimes write a post that collates blog responses, both positive and negative, to a given issue.

I'm keeping one now on responses to the Lancet retraction of the Wakefield's paper.

I've added your post to the list.

The post is at

<a href="http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2010/02/on-the-lancets-retraction-of-wakefields-1998-paper-alleging-a-connection-between-the-mmr-vaccine-and.html>http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2010/02/on-the-lancets-retraction-of-wakefields-1998-paper-alleging-a-connection-between-the-mmr-vaccine-and.html</a>.

One of the nifty things about doing this kind of blog round-up is learning how many folks are

*fed up with the anti-vaccination drumbeat from, say, Age of Autism
*love and adore their kids with autism and don't regard them as a "disaster" or a "catastrophe" (even if said kids are adult, non-verbal, and sometimes even still in diapers)
* how far autism awareness and neurodiversity appreciation has come, even from folk who don't have a person with autism in their family

Liz Ditz said...

Pardon my HTML lapse. I did not preview.


KWombles said...

Positive outlook alone is something you have to offer. Maintaining relative sanity while parenting a large family. A sense of humor. :-) You have a lot to offer to families.

It ought to be fairly easy. AoA where bitterness and rage pervade or parents like you where humor and empathy are a constant?

mommy~dearest said...

Oh, I'm willing to bet you'll be speaking your mind. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmm... Will you speak your mind? I'm going to have to really consider that...

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmm... Will you speak your mind? I'm going to have to really consider that...

BTW, you wouldn't even recognize Dylan if you saw him. He's talking up a storm and I just wish he would SHUT UP! ;)

Isabell said...

I think you are a great inspiration and I hope you can show me and my daughter SPD/PDD-Nos how to find that balance...away from medication.

nanny23kids said...

I have a 6yo grandson with autism. 5yo sister has helped him tremendously. Glad to hear someone else does things the way we did. He is in a regular 1st grade class with a para professional supplied by the school district and a TSS provided by his insurance. He loves math and is learning to read at his grade level. Social skills are his biggest hurtle and we continue to work on them. We started with an early intervention at 18 months and he had speech, OT, PT, play specialist and behavorial specialist. A TSS was added when we put him in a daycare for 2.5 hours a day 2 days a week to get him socialized with other children. He went to a regular preschool at 2. Returned at 3, 4 and 5 years because our school district did not do whole day Kindergarten for him at 5. He needed the socialization with other children. He has accepted changes in schools and having his TSS and BSC replaced the week before kindergarten began. We are hoping he will keep the same TSS and BSC for at least 2 more years.

Paula Farris said...

Bravo! I enjoyed reading your AOL interview. I have had an interest in autism since I was in junior high school. I have long believed that children with the condition can be helped and can improve. It takes effort and dedication on the part of the parent(s),but it can be done.

You sound like a great mom! Thank you for sharing your story.