This is going to seem like a very curt post given the subject matter. The problem is that I’ve been waiting for the time to “do it right” and that never presents itself.
My son Clark was diagnosed on the autism spectrum in late summer 2009. We began sending him to the Brown Center for Autism, which was absolutely amazing. Literally within the first week, I noticed a big improvement–I could take Clark (4-and-a-half at the time) to the mall and didn’t need to hold his hand. (Before, if you ever were foolish enough to let go of his hand while walking around, he would bolt like an Olympic sprinter.) So the people at the Brown Center literally changed that within one week.
Clark’s mother has made two videos to promote autism awareness and bring publicity to the Brown Center. They use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which I loved because (a) it doesn’t involve drugs and (b) it works. I am not saying it would work for every young kid with autism, I am just saying it literally transformed our son in the year he spent at the Brown Center. So I encourage other parents–or other people in the field who might not know the efficacy of ABA–to look into what they’re doing at the Brown Center.
In the future I will write more on this topic. For what it’s worth, one of the reasons I am motivated to become rich is so I can write big checks to the Brown Center so that parents of limited means can afford to send their kids there. (The Brown Center is not extravagant by any stretch, but their treatment approach requires a very high staff/child ratio and so it’s expensive.)
Anyway here are the videos, and here is the link to donate to the Brown Center if anyone is so motivated.