STATES CHRONICLE – Parents of autistic children gather together to support each other and discuss the difficulties they confront with every day when looking at their sick kids. Autism is an umbrella term for all complex developmental brain conditions. The number of kids diagnosed with this disease has significantly risen in Guam and all over the world.
Parents of autistic children can support each other through the Autism Community Together (ACT)
Josephine Blas, the president of Autism Community Together (ACT), argues that she found great support in this network of parents who raise their autistic children. The association is dedicated to all parents who have children that were diagnosed with autism and are bound to help other such parents with a piece of advice and positive thought.
Blas argued that talking with other that are in the same situation as you are it may be helpful. She claims that the term “autism” was new to her and by talking to other parents of autistic children within the autism community eased her mind and freed her of her negative thoughts, becoming more hopeful. Sometimes, when experiencing tough situations is better to know that you are not alone and people are bound to help you when you are in need.
They meet on the fourth Saturday of every month to share opinions and give each other pieces of advice
This community helped parents communicate about certain situations which may have been common for more and they shared their different opinions and pieces of advice, trying to help. All parents of autistic children are encouraged to sign up for ACT’s support group to get in touch with resource providers, like the Guam Department of Education Division of Special Education or Individual Education Plan. This is an education program developed to fulfill kids’ individual needs.
Blas noted that ACT allows parents find out what type of training should they follow through providers to be able to provide proper care for their children. She indicated that it is important to test your child if you believe that he or she might have autism. Parents can test their children through the Guam Early Intervention System where they may also find help and guidance.
The community which supports parents with autistic children meets every month, on the fourth Saturday. The group has more than a hundred members on their message distribution list.
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