According to a celebrity psychiatrist, autism is a 'badge of honour' for some parents. In a way, he's right
It’s been 18 months since my son Rory was diagnosed as autistic. On that hot summer day that seems both like yesterday and also a lifetime ago, our family changed beyond recognition. The emotional rollercoaster ride that has followed has been at turns gruelling, joyful and enlightening.
One thing I’ve sadly come to learn is that while not everyone understands my beautiful, blue-eyed boy’s condition, some people add to the social misconceptions that shamefully still exist around ASD. But it usually comes from an online troll or someone from an older generation who enjoys peddling the myth that autism “didn’t exist” in their day and is merely an excuse from parents who can’t control their kids. It doesn’t usually come in the form of comments from a distinguished child psychiatrist like Dr Mike Shooter, who has worked with young people for more than 40 years.
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- 12th February 2018