Parents of kids with autism, please read

  1. 0 Hello there. I was just wondering if any of you would be interested and participate in a ''sticky'' if I started one for parents of kids who have autism. I ask because sometimes I come across stuff that isn't exactly nursing related, but still would be very interested to the number of us that I have noticed mention having children with autism. I never know where to post it. I usually put it in the ''developmental disabilities nursing'' forum, but it isn't quite right there. Plus I think it tends to get lost, since there aren't usually many responses, so the people who would be most interested end up missing it. At the same time, those responses that I get in that forum are often from people who actually have lots of experience with autism, which is a good thing. Don't get me wrong, I understand that everyone has a right to post in whatever forum is of interest to them. Personally, I would like to see the ratio of responses from people personally involved increase, though. Let me know what you think, and in which forum you think that such a sticky might belong. Thanks!
  2. Visit  mercyteapot profile page

    About mercyteapot

    mercyteapot has '20+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Dev. Disabilities, Health Disparities'. From 'San Diego, CA, US'; Joined Sep '03; Posts: 12,728; Likes: 1,796.

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  3. Visit  lisamc1RN profile page
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    My son has Aspergers. I'd love to see more articles, mercy. I'm not sure what forum it belongs in though. It is off topic, so maybe the breakroom is appropriate?
  4. Visit  mercyteapot profile page
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    Yes, I think the break room is probably the most appropriate forum. Maybe I'll do one of those stickys (if I ever figure out how, lol, guess I better read the instructions!)
  5. Visit  SmilingBluEyes profile page
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    Stickies are made by administration and/or moderators. This sounds like a reasonable request, but where to put it. I think it does relate a lot to nursing, perhaps PEDS NURSING, as many people care for and/or have loved ones who are affected by Autism and Asperger's (one of my best friends has a boy who is affected by the latter). Will bring this up to other mods for their input and see where it should go, o k?
  6. Visit  prmenrs profile page
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    If it goes to peds, non-premium members can participate. Get back to the mods if this would be agreeable to y'all.
  7. Visit  mercyteapot profile page
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    Boy, when I started reading this story, I was outraged that people could be so hateful. I still am. This sign is serving no purpose, and it exposes the neighbors as spiteful and ignorant. However, as I continued to read about the mother's refusal to address the impact her son has on the neighborhood, I was just as appalled at her behavior. My son never wandered into other people's homes, but he was known to throw some pretty monstrous tantrums that didn't exactly contribute to a peaceful atmosphere. I was lucky that all of my neighbors were at least tolerant, and some of them were very helpful, during the years before his behavior started to improve. OTOH, I told my neighbors what was going on and made sure I apologized for his bad behavior, as I believe the parents of any child, typical or not, should do. I also didn't claim there were no problems when there clearly were. Back to the article, the police have records of this child's activities, I don't know how the Mom can just deny that it happens. I almost want to say that she and the couple that put up the sign deserve one another, but what of her son and the rest of the neighbors?

    http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_4082374


    Carrie Heaton does her best to keep watch over her curious and cognitively disabled 13-year-old son without being too confining. Still, the Nephi teen slips out unnoticed on occasion and wanders the neighborhood, sometimes entering and rifling through people's homes, according to police. Neighbors to the south have complained.
    But Heaton was surprised Wednesday when long-simmering tensions boiled over and her neighbors erected a sign in their front yard warning, "CAUTION, RETARD'S IN AREA." ....

  8. Visit  lisamc1RN profile page
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    Ewwwww! That makes me mad! I would be so hurt if my neighbors treated us like that. The neighbors have a right to be frustrated and angry about what's going on, but they don't need to behave like 4 year olds themselves! I agree that the teen's mother needs to seek additional help if she's not able to properly supervise her son at all times, but come on! Insulting the mother and child and anyone else in the neighborhood who has children with disabilities is just creating more problems, not solutions. I hope they get enough negative feedback that they are shamed into removing the sign.
  9. Visit  mercyteapot profile page
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    Have you seen this article? I responded on the thread, and basically what I said is that now I have yet something else to add to my list of concerns. Back when I was expecting my son, Sudafed was considered very safe, which it probably isn't, and so was U/S. And I had 2 of them. I think I have 12 things I wonder about on that list I keep in my head to haunt me at night.

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f112/ult...en-175394.html
  10. Visit  prmenrs profile page
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    http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_4082374


    Carrie Heaton does her best to keep watch over her curious and cognitively disabled 13-year-old son without being too confining. Still, the Nephi teen slips out unnoticed on occasion and wanders the neighborhood, sometimes entering and rifling through people's homes, according to police. Neighbors to the south have complained.
    But Heaton was surprised Wednesday when long-simmering tensions boiled over and her neighbors erected a sign in their front yard warning, "CAUTION, RETARD'S IN AREA." ....


    Makes you wonder who they're referring to.

    (the link says the article isn't available anymore.)
  11. Visit  mercyteapot profile page
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    Quote from prmenrs
    http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_4082374


    Carrie Heaton does her best to keep watch over her curious and cognitively disabled 13-year-old son without being too confining. Still, the Nephi teen slips out unnoticed on occasion and wanders the neighborhood, sometimes entering and rifling through people's homes, according to police. Neighbors to the south have complained.
    But Heaton was surprised Wednesday when long-simmering tensions boiled over and her neighbors erected a sign in their front yard warning, "CAUTION, RETARD'S IN AREA." ....


    Makes you wonder who they're referring to.

    (the link says the article isn't available anymore.)
    Here is an active link to an updated story about the same incident:

    http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/188062/

    It really does sound to me like that kid's mother needs to keep a much better eye on her kids. At the same time, I think Galbraith is a stupid, vindictive man. He claims that the sign was directed at the adults in Colton's life. This is how rationalizes his blatant hatefulness.
    Last edit by mercyteapot on Aug 25, '06
  12. Visit  prmenrs profile page
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    My thought was that the "retards" invective referred to himself!

    These are some of the comments on the article:
    http://www.heraldextra.com/component...mf/topic,21735

    This one in particular struck me: http://www.heraldextra.com/component...83035#msg83035 .

    There seems to be plenty of blame to go around. Some of Galbraith's comments are particularly ignorant. Makes you wonder how things would be if HE had a child similarly affected! I'll bet he would have abandoned the family completely. (I'm a big believer in the "there but for the Grace of God go I" philosophy.)

    I can only hope the judge is creative in his/her decision(s). If it were me, I'd make both parties endeavour to expand their POV a LOT!!
    Last edit by prmenrs on Aug 25, '06
  13. Visit  mercyteapot profile page
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    I wish this article would have gone into more depth about why this guy was acquited on the charge of aggravated assault. I know someone I'd like to bean in the head with a baseball right about now.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061012/...eaning_charges

    UNIONTOWN, Pa. - A youth baseball coach accused of offering an 8-year-old money to bean an autistic teammate so he couldn't play was sentenced Thursday to one to six years in prison.

    Fayette County Judge Ralph Warman sentenced 29-year-old Mark R. Downs Jr. of Dunbar, Pa. to consecutive six-to-36-month sentences for corruption of minors and criminal solicitation to commit simple assault. A jury convicted Downs in September. Warman revoked Downs' bond and sent him to prison.

    Downs didn't speak at the sentencing but told reporters "I didn't do nothing" as he was led out of the courtroom.
    Last edit by mercyteapot on Oct 13, '06
  14. Visit  canoehead profile page
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    Re the sticky issue;

    Stickies are used so often they are almost meaningless. What about a search instead- if we sticky autism, will we be stickying every disease that a member has? How about a sticky forum so the most popular topics are all in one place?

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