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For this post, I simply searched the word “autism” on youtube. It came up with many videos, some of which we’ve watched in class. This one caught my attention because it was a cartoon and not real people. It is called “How to Help a Child With Autism” and promotes the organization Talk about Curing Autism.

The view of autism in this video is difficult to classify. Overall, I think the organization supports accepting autistic children and trying to help them in any way possible. This includes 12 steps for parents of autistic children to tak, most of which are therapy options.

The organization classifies itself as “families with autism helping families with autism,” and I think that’s an accurate description. The video mentions many treatment options, but most of them are safe (e.g. ABA, casein and gluten free diet, PECS, occupational therapy, etc.) and relatively non-controversial, unlike chelation or other potentially harmful treatments.

The description of autism on the organization’s website says,

“TACA believes in early diagnosis, intensive therapies and medical intervention for children affected by autism. With early intervention, medical treatment unique to each person’s needs, and necessary support services for families many children can improve greatly and some can recover from their autistic symptoms. We believe the future is not defined for many children affected by autism. Hope and recovery is possible.”

This, along with the word “cure” in their name, are primary reasons why this organization may not be the most supportive/accepting view to take (although definitely better than some!). They do describe autism as a life-long disorder, and emphasize the wide variety of symptoms and traits of people with autism.

Overall, I think the video and organization are a good resource for parents of autistic children, although it may seem initially overwhelming. It would certainly have to be viewed in conjunction with other resources, but that’s essentially true of any organization about autism. With so many controversial subjects, I think TACA takes a fair stance.

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