Has someone in your life recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder? Knowing what to say to and what not to say, and how to act around someone with autism can be difficult for people who do not have experience with it. A recent report from the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, written by Dr. Joaquin Fuentes, offers tips for how to support someone with autism, written in the first person perspective.
1. I am not "autistic." I am a person who has autism.
2. I am an individual, and not the same as other people with autism.
3. I deserve services, just like all children.
4. I belong in the healthcare system, just like all children. Include me in regular healthcare.
5. I belong with other children.
6. I belong with my family.
7. I deserve the right to evidence based services. Do not substitute my education with medication.
8. I belong in society, and want to contribute.
9. I have human rights, and I face discrimination in many ways.
10. I belong in the world. I have a role to play.
View the full paper here:
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Source: JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY VOLUME 53 NUMBER 11 NOVEMBER 2014