Hello Everyone, One of the many blessings of working with a virtual team is that we build relationships with talented and passionate people all over the world. Every now and then, a guest blogger will share a blog with you on our site. It is just another way we broaden our circle of care - connecting people with people.Today, I'm happy to introduce you to Mindy Hudon, a new member of the TinyEYE Team. -Marnee
Since interviewing Jenny McCarthy (http://www.celebrityparents.com/movie/jenny-mccarthy-6115/) last summer, I have been drawn to hearing whatever she has to say on the topic of autism. Jenny is a mother warrior whose son Evan was diagnosed with autism. Jenny became her son's advocate and desperately searched to find the answers to help cure her son of autism. I have read all of her books about her journey, Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, Mother Warriors, and I just started reading her newest book co-authored by Jerry Kartzinel, M.D., Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide. I enjoy getting email newsletters from Generation Rescue (www.generationrescue.org) a non-profit organization that researches the causes and treatments of autism and mentors parents who are trying to recover their children from autism. I am interested in what Jenny has to say because I have so many unanswered questions about autism. I want to learn more about how we can help prevent autism?
As a speech and language pathologist, I have worked with many children on the autistic spectrum. I have been trained in all different therapeutic interventions to help these children communicate with the world. I agonize watching these children scream and cry out hoping that someone will understand them. I have realized that these techniques work with some children, but not all so, I continue to search for different techniques. I know there is no "one-size fits all" approach to the treatment of autism. I want to learn more about unlocking these children from their silence?
I am amazed at the number of children diagnosed with autism. The numbers are staggering. Through the years, I have witnessed the faces on parents when they first hear the word autism. I see them struggle to try and understand what went wrong. My heart aches to see them break down in tears describing how their entire family is turned upside down by the behaviors exhibited by a small child. I hear school colleagues try and reassure them that they will do the best that the can to meet the needs of their child. I want to learn more about how I can help these parents?
Jenny could have quietly helped her son defeat his challenge, but instead she has used her celebrity status and has taken huge professional risks to help other mother's whose children have been the victims of autism. I admire her dedication to educate the public to ask questions and not accept everything that is presented to them as fact. What if we can help defeat autism by changing our diets and life-styles just like we have learned through the years to help prevent heart disease, cancers, and stroke? I want to understand why the topic of trying to prevent autism is so controversial?
I am not a parent of a child with autism. I am a professional who works with these children daily. I want answers too!
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Tiny Eye Territory Manager
Mindy Hudon is a practicing speech and language pathologist and the mother of fraternal twin boys. She has been a Speech and Language Expert Advisor for iParenting. com Media/Walt Disney Internet Group for the past 10 years. Mindy has been published in numerous newsstand magazines including Twins Magazine, Women's Health & Fitness, Family Energy and Baby Years, as well as on various websites.