On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced new statistics on autism.
According to their research, autism now affects one in 68 children, and one in 42 boys. That means that vitually every grade in elementary school has at least one child with autism. (1)
In the 1970s, only 1 in 10,000 children had an autism diagnosis. In the 1980s, many argue in relation to the addition of new, compulsory vaccines, this figure rose to 1 in ever 2,500. (2) As of February 2007, the CDC put the incidence of autism at 1 in 150 children and 1 out of 90 boys. (3) The CDC has used the same method to determine autism prevalence every two years since 2000 and showed a 120-percent increase in autism rates between 2000 and 2010. (4) Autism is an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions, which attacks the very heart of our society: families and our children’s capacity to establish and sustain relationships with others.
In addition to the epidemic of autism, another epidemic abounds today—one of hopelessness and resignation on the part of medical professionals, parents, and other caregivers.
The collective national belief is that autism cannot be cured. The American Academy of Pediatrics states on its website, on a page titled, “Autism Facts”, that “although there is no cure, autism is treatable.” An October 23, 2006, online article titled, “Autism: An Incurable Development Disability”, (5) states, “Developmental disability is an expression employed to refer to serious lifelong impairment that substantially reduces one or more of one’s life functions…one of such disabilities is Autism.”
To date, our society has taught us to believe that autism is a lifelong and irreversible condition, with no hope for cure. This book is a challenge to that belief and an invitation to parents of children on the autism spectrum to believe that their children can heal.
Autism first entered our life as a curse, when our toddler, Ben, displayed undiagnosed, aberrant behavior, and then, later, when Ben received an autism diagnosis, we felt ourselves to be victims of what we believed to be a chronic development disorder. As we desperately sought out, discovered, and implemented a number of different interventions, we learned that what we had been told—that autism was irreversible—was simply not true. With that new understand and our newborn commitment to curing Ben of autism, we set out on a path that strengthened us, transformed us, and taught us how to truly and unconditionally love our children—and ourselves.
(1) USA Today, March 28, 2014, “Autism rates soar, now affects 1 in 68 children.”
(2) <a href=”http://NewsWithViews.com”>NewsWithViews.com</a>, november 13, 2007, Dr. Carolyn Dean and Melissa Meininger, “Autism Can Be Treated”
(3) Ibid., Dean and Meininger.
(4) Carolyn Klein online article, “Autism is curable”
(5) From Articles Factory, <a href=”http://www.articlesfactory.com/articles/health/autism-an-incurable-developmental-disability.html” target=”_blank”>http://www.articlesfactory.com/articles/health/autism-an-incurable-developmental-disability.html</a>