What are Sources of Information and Support?
Parents often find that books and movies about autism that have happy
endings cheer them, but raise false hopes. In such stories, a
parent's novel approach suddenly works or the child simply outgrows
the autistic behaviors. But there really are no cures for autism
and growth takes time and patience. Parents should seek practical,
realistic sources of information, particularly those based on
Similarly, certain sources of information are more reliable than others.
Some popular magazines and newspapers are quick to report new "miracle
cures" before they have been thoroughly researched. Scientific and professional
materials, such as those published by the Autism Society of America
and other organizations that take the time to thoroughly evaluate such
claims, provide current information based on well-documented data and
carefully controlled clinical research.
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