Provide more services for autistic kids

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  • JT4 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    I'm guessing that anyone who reads my previous comment will understand, but I intended to write, "inability to truly communicate" rather than "ability". Spell-checkers don't pick that up!

  • JT4 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    I must echo Dr. England's concerns. Our son is now 16 years old. We tried Applied Behavior Analysis therapy with him as a child and had some success with it, but did not have the funds to do nearly what we needed and eventually stopped when our debts from borrowing to pay for services became unmanageable. We recognized at that time there were other states that provided necessary services and considered trying to move to one of them, but nothing materialized. No state is perfect, of course, including those that do provide these services. Nevertheless, we are an example of a family that fell through the cracks. Our son remains non-verbal, gets highly violent easily--perhaps because of an ability to truly communicate--and has generally been a considerable drain on us financially, physically, and emotionally for many years. I am looking forward to the day that the State of Utah considers providing necessary services for families of autistic children as important as any other, so that families like ours will no longer have to suffer.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 13, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    Sad but true.

    My wife works with pre-schoolers with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
    Its a no win battle, and Utah just keeps ignoring and denying that there is a problem at all.

    The State is far more concerned with promoting, helping and assisting Businesses [ see today's DN article in Business section.] than with promoting, helping and assisting "the people".

    But what can we expect, when Republicans will argue that Corporations ARE people.

    Perhaps Autistic children should hire a Development or Billboard Lobbyist on their behalf.
    They seem to be the only groups to get the Legislature's attention.
    I wonder why?....