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When mothers are exposed to trauma, illness, alcohol or other drug abuse, these stressors may activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that can go awry and activate conditions such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and some forms of autism. Until now, it has been unclear how much these stressors have impacted the cells of a developing brain. Past studies have shown that when an expectant mother exposes herself to alcohol or drug abuse or she experiences some trauma or illness, her baby may later develop a psychiatric disorder later in life. But the new findings identify a molecular...
Older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder than are younger parents. A recent study provides more insight into how the risk associated with parental age varies between mothers' and fathers' ages, and found that the risk of having a child with both autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability is larger for older parents.

Autism Medical News

A new statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says there is insufficient evidence to suggest that labor induction or augmentation causes autism.
In a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs, researchers from the Bloomberg School of Public health found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a frequently...

Clarity & Balance for Parents

“The universe hates me!” My son came stomping out of his room and collapsed onto the floor, heaving a huge sigh of frustration. Unfortunately, this is not a new scene in my house, as I also have a 16-year old daughter. ‘Nuff said. But more importantly, puberty and autism can create a vicious cocktail that […]
Why Do They Stim? 4 Mar 2014 | 10:28 pm
As a caregiver, educator, or even parent of a child with Autism, you’re most likely accustomed to witnessing some repetitive behaviors on a regular basis that seem odd… and even make you feel a little uncomfortable. Whether or not you are familiar with the term “stimming” (short for “self-stimulation”), you’ve probably seen it in the […]

Help Kids with Special Needs Become, "BULLY BUSTERS"

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Spread the Word to End the Word

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This week hundreds of thousands will stand up and ask our family, friends, and coworkers to Spread The Word To End The Word

This means I am asking you to stop using the words “retard” and “retarded” because when you do, even if you’re joking, even if you don’t mean it as a slur, even if you’re talking about yourself what you are doing is disrespecting people with intellectual disabilities... people like my sons, Sam and Noah.

Would you call my sons retards? Would you say that the ways they stim or perseverate on things is retarded?

Of course you wouldn’t, but I have heard it said to them by kids on the playground who think the way Sam jumps up and down and flaps his hands looks strange, or because Noah likes to make loud screeching noises and run in circles.

So I want to ask you...where did these five- to ten- year-olds learn this word and more importantly who taught them that it means someone who is stupid and slow witted?

They heard it from adults, from teenagers, from their peers who heard it from their dad complaining about the way the football player botched a play or from their teenage sister who called him a “tard” for tripping over a table leg. Heck, they hear it on TV, they read it in books, and they grow up thinking it’s no big deal to call something someone does “retarded.” 

But it is a big deal.

It is a very big deal to my family, to my friends raising children with special needs, to those who work and care for those with intellectual disabilities, and to people with disabilities. It is not “just a word” it is a slur and is hateful and disrespectful even if you don’t mean it to be. 

Also, this word is not about being politically correct. It’s about being compassionate and respectful to those around you. It’s about thinking before you speak and weighing how your words effect others.

I think this video from the R-word campaign says it best:

If I hear you use the r-word, whether it be online or in person, I WILL ask you to stop and I will explain to you why it is offensive to so many. Raising children with special needs has taught me that you have to stand for something in this world or you will fall for anything. I owe it to Sam and Noah to demand respect for all persons regardless of their abilities and I hope you   will join me.

You can help by making a public pledge to stop using the r-word by visiting and by sharing this blog post or those written by others about the subject via your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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