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AIR DATE: June 29, 2010

Autism is a problem that seems to be on the rise but few of us understand its mysterious inability to communicate and the apparently anti-social and repetitive behavior. Two families will join us to tell of their experience dealing with children afflicted by the disease and two physicians from Touro University Nevada's Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities will try to unravel some of the mysteries of autism. They also answer your calls and emails.

Nicole Ann Cavenaugh, Clinical Dir, Ctr for Autism and Dev Disablities, Touro University NV
Dr. Andrew Eisen, Medical Dir, Ctr for Autism and Dev Disablities, Touro University NV
Rochelle and Phillip, parents of five year old Sebastian and four year old Elias
Allison, mother of four year old Peter

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Our oldest son has autism, and I didn't recognize signs until he was over 3 years old. Now that I know, I think to myself how did I not recognize the signs. For example, he would always so "lets go in the silver car" because he heard me say it once. At the time I just thought he had great speech and he really wants go in the silver car. After he was diagnosed, I realized he was using echoliac speech. I did not see the warning signs because I did not want too. Even though they were right there clear as day. When I nine months pregnant with my seond child, who is 4 now and very typical, I found out my son who was suppose to be perfect had autism. Absolutely the worst day, however, I believe dwelling in our surrow will do nothing for our child. He now recieves therapy 5 days a week and although it is a slow process he is making progress. Phil and Rachelle are amazing parents to Eli and Sebastian. They dedicate there lives to their children as do all parents. I am really lucky to know them on a personal level.
Ellen JonesJun 12, 2010 01:07:15 AM
Experts? Experts are fixing the oil spill aren't they? Expert doctors used Thalidomide, didn't they? Freaking experts remove wrong kidneys everyday. They create drugs that kill many are pulled every week? Experts work at the Tylenol plant. All Tylenol has been pulled. Doctors, the brilliant do no wrong no it alls prescribe the stuff. Ask them whats in it. You'll see how much the experts know. Why do they get free access on NPR like they are right? Oh, yeah, they are experts. Let me tell you something. House solves every case. He's an expert. Real doctors aren't. Mercury in vaccines? Who was the braniac that thought that one up? "Experts" Right.
Steven LevineJun 11, 2010 21:07:45 PM
Very pleased to hear this program. My son, Duncan, is ten years old with and the last 8 years have been quite a ride. In short, remember your child, on the autism spectrum, is unique and that you, as the parent, will be perhaps the biggest factor in your child's potential growth and development. Be strong, consistent, patient and NEVER GIVE UP! Learn everything you can. It will be overwhelming for a while but will pay off in enabling you to have confidence in making the right decisions for your specific child. Take full responsibility for guiding your child along so that you will not feel regret down the line. Remember to be good to yourself as well so that your efforts will be sustainable, because yes this will be a long road.
Brandon CunninghamJun 11, 2010 09:47:41 AM
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