Carol and I were especially interested because our son Matthew (11) has Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism.
It was stated that back in the 50's polio was considered an epidemic because of the seeming inordinate number of cases. Now, 1 in every 95 boys will be born with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder and people don't seem too upset or alarmed.
Last night I sat across from a couple who had an autistic daughter who had been able to speak but then lost her language skills suddenly. As the mother shared her heartache with the waitress tears welled up in her eyes and the waitress gave her a big hug. It was sad to watch.
My heart goes out to parents of autistic children because, generally speaking, the public don't understand our children and don't know how to handle them...or us.
Carol and I face the struggles brought about by autism every day and, at times, they are more than we can handle. Without God's sustaining grace we would be overwhelmed. I can't even imagine what it would be like for parents whose children aren't as high-functioning.
Please pray for us and please seek to understand the challenges that autistic children face. THANK YOU!