Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Clinic Notes: Denial in Parents of Children with Autism
I don't know the exact percentage of parents with children diagnosed with autism that are in denial. In my clinic I would estimate it is much less than half. When I first tell parents the time and money they will need to invest in ABA, Speech, OT, and other services many never blink and want to know what else they can do to help their children. But with others, one or both parents tell me their child is not really that bad off and ABA, speech, and OT services are not needed. Sometimes these parents wake up and come back, but most do not. They continue their lives without providing any services for their child except what the school has to offer. In a rural area I often get to watch these children languish in special ed while I wonder what might have been.