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Jennifer, a good friend of mine, works full time with autistic children who are on the extreme end of the spectrum. Most of the children she works with are non-verbal and the goal of therapy is to give them tools to express their wants and needs to their caretakers. The children she works with spend an average of six hours a day in a special privately run center that caters to the needs of autistic children who span the entire spectrum.
In a recent conversation we were discussing the patience she must have in working with children who have such difficulty communicating. She pointed out that it’s not just the instructors who need patience, but also parents, siblings, and other relatives. Parenting a child with autism isn’t easy, but she said that the kids in her program are really fortunate to have loved ones who are making sure that they get the assistance they need. Not every autistic child is so fortunate.
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