Monday, February 27, 2012

Autism Author's Advice: 'Step Outside the Boundaries of the Absolutely Safe'

Lisa Jo Rudy and her son, Tom
Rudy, whose 15-year-old son is autistic, offers her personal experience and advice for other parents in “Get Out, Explore, and Have Fun: How Families of Children With Autism or Asperger Syndrome Can Get the Most Out of Community Activities.”
Rudy and her husband, Peter Cook, moved from a Philadelphia suburb to West Falmouth four and a half years ago with their son, Tom Cook and daughter, Sara, now a sixth-grader at the Morse Pond School.
As a preschooler, Tom was originally diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder later diagnosed as autism. He attended public school through grade four, when the couple decided to home school their son.
“We weren’t happy with the way public schools there approached special needs education,” she said. “My husband and I both have a museum education background and thought we had a pretty good handle on it.”
Rudy, a freelance writer and educational consultant, believes one of the biggest misconceptions about autism is the idea that all symptoms apply to anyone who has been diagnosed.

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