By Lisa Ackerman
New research demonstrates RECOVERY FROM AUTISM is possible. It happens. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) agrees. They did a study in January 2013 (1.) More studies are underway. We know as we have sent dozens of TACA families their way.
For many of you reading this blog you may think: Is recovery from autism possible? YES! That is the paradigm we would like to see shift. It is possible. If you invest in individuals with autism it has a worthwhile return on investment. Just think if all the parents who have a children diagnosed with autism also heard that recovery was possible? The percentage cases of recovery could go up. (Hence why I keep talking about recovery and sharing stories.)
We know health issues plague individuals with autism more than their peers. Kids ARE SICK (2.) Even if they don’t achieve the main goal of recovery, achieving good health and hopefully independence is a good secondary goal.
The great news for families living with autism is this single fact: since 2005 more studies on autism have yielded treatment than all previous years combined. Since January 2014, there has been an average of 75 new autism-related studies posted each week. I know because I read them (3.) Even better news: Some of these innovative new treatments can help individuals at ANY age. This statement alone gives me much hope.
Any chance I get I always want to scream from the mountain tops: RECOVERY FROM AUTISM IS POSSIBLE. Why? So people will TRY. An autism diagnosis is NOT a game over. It is GAME ON.
I am a considered a “long timer” in the autism community. This year marks my 15th anniversary. I wish the TACA tools were around when my son was diagnosed. Many other families do too (4.) Newer families get to benefit from that knowledge.
When my son was diagnosed we weren’t given any hope, we were told there was nothing we could do to help him. Thankfully, due to science and treatments, we know that is not the case. I know I can be controversial. I believe people diagnosed with autism can lead fulfilling lives and with bright futures (5.)
TACA has the tools to make this journey easier. Check out the blueprints (5.) After almost 14 years in the service of helping families and 40,000+ families later, these tools have shown to help many time and time again including RECOVERY for some.
What is the goal of looking at autism recovery? Coming up with sub-typing so we can better understand what the common subgroups are, what each group responds to in treatment, and to provide a treatment path for families to follow. Some of the research is now yielding some great results (2.) Recovery and the path can be a challenge. But worth it.
It’s okay if you don’t want recovery for your child. TACA is an optional free service to families. If you do, we are happy to help you shoot for the highest goal and achieve better health and the best possible outcome available. I appreciate and respect each parent’s choice.
My dream is to share new recovery stories as often as I can. Our website has a list of stories and videos to help inspire others (7.) I will continue to scream RECOVERY from the mountain tops as they arrive. Indeed something to celebrate.
7) Stories: http://www.tacanow.org/family-stories/ / Videos http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/autism-recovery-videos/ (Note: I wish I had a larger budget to film ALL THE RECOVERY STORIES we receive.)