Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

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Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

The Special Needs Resource

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Dear ep Magazine readers:

In her article that was recently published in ep Magazine, author Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty recounted the extreme frustration she experienced upon finding out about her son's disorder:

  "At the conclusion of a routine sick visit eight years ago, my son'
   pediatrician told me my boy had a severe and lifelong neurological
  disorder by perfunctorily shoving a batch of miscopied articles into
  my shaking hands, all of which contained the word 'autism' in the
  titles. He then quickly and summarily left the room."

Today, she continued, her son "is almost 10 years old, and it's been almost a decade since that devastating day, one which continues to haunt me. In the interim, I've relocated my family to New Jersey for the educational systems and proximity to family, and we've had a second child, also diagnosed on the autism spectrum."

This year, our regular contributor once again celebrates Autism Awareness Month along with ep Magazine and millions of other parents and caregivers. April is the month that we get the chance to recognize all the families struggling with the impact that autism has made on their lives--as well as to honor those who are helping to make their lives better. For ep Magazine's April issue, Ms. McCafferty shared her own "Conversations with Three Dedicated Autism Advocates." ep Magazine's Autism Awareness issue also features several other excellent articles on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs):

  * For the piece "The Education of Dentists Working with Children
  with Autism," Shelly Huhtanen, the mother of a son with autism
  and her sister, a dental hygienist, collaborated on an article that
  highlights the need to educate dentists working with children on the
  autism spectrum and other special needs. … 
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