Thriving with Autism – An Infographic Worth Looking At. — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Thriving with Autism – An Infographic Worth Looking At.

by Emily


Autism is on the rise. It’s all over the news, in every book and magazine I read, it is essentially, my life. With a son on the spectrum, it’s even more imperative for me to see WHY it’s on the rise. What can we do to help combat this, or is it simply on the rise because of the added research and case studies that are out there “catching” it more?

The website Thriving with Autism put together this amazing infographic. I’m a visual person, so it definitely helps to “see” what’s going on, vs. reading countless studies.

40% of kids with Autism have been bullied at school. This kills me. It is one of the things that I worry about the most with my autistic son and he’s only 4, yet has already experienced this to some degree. My oldest boy used to have a friend, a best friend, who would often come over to play. One day my son stopped inviting him over and I asked what was up. He would make excuses until finally one day he said, “He called Brady stupid and retarded and those things aren’t true so I stopped wanting him around my baby brother.”

I cannot even begin to tell you how much my heart ached for Brady and how much it swelled for my oldest. To take a stand against a friend like that. Just warmed my heart to know I’m not fighting this battle alone. My family is right there with me.

The site Thriving with Autism helps families like my own. To read up on the latest news, studies, see products that can help and just chat with others going through the same situations. It’s amazing having all of this knowledge and support right at my finger tips.

Even if you don’t have a child with Autism, I encourage you to check out the site. Chances are, you know of a family dealing with Autism and the more we all can learn about this rising condition, the more we can help society to stop singling those kids out to be bullied.

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1 Ashley May 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Thank you for this post. I would like to point out to anyone worried about missing out on vital social interaction because of a lack of public school association, that home-schooled children are educated in an environment that more closely resembles a cross section of all of society, and thrive as a result. I know home schooling a child with autism can be daunting, but you don’t have to depend on public or even private education to help your babies overcome their social obstacles. Colleges like Harvard and Yale have hired specialists to help understand and evaluate home schoolers’ portfolios because they want these kinds of students to be part of their programs! That gives me a lot of hope, because so often the public school system is inadequate as a source of reliable and realistic social interaction, especially for anyone with a child on the spectrum. Keep your heads up if you’re being restricted from access to neighborhood schools…all signs point to publicly-educated children being ill-equipped for normal social and emotional interaction, so they might be doing us a favor!

2 Mary E Smith May 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

I have two son’s with autism spectrum disorders so I can understand your fears for your son.I homeschooled our oldest from 6th grade because of bullying and other problems in the school system.My advice to you is to learn yours and your child’s rights in the public school system.Learn all you can about IDEA,FRAPE and IEP’s.The more you know about his rights,the easier it will be for you to make sure he receives a proper education and proper therapies.Be prepared to fight for what your child needs,because the school system can provide it but most don’t want to pay for it.My youngest has been receiving services in the public school since the age of three.If your son isn’t,then talk to your local board of education. Just remember that life will never be dull when you have a child with autism. Best of luck to your family in your journey.

3 Kate Warren May 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

Thank you for sharing this with us! I have three boys on the spectrum. None of them have been bullied so far but it is a worry I have for the future. We’re lucky to be in a school district with a wonderful, caring staff who do their utmost to help our children. God bless you and your boys, Emily.

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