Jenny McCarthy: Autism Moms “Fall in the the victim role…and they are loving it”
A response to Jenny McCarthy’s claim that mom’s who aren’t “Warriors” are “Victim’s” attacking any mom who parents a child with autism is pointless and harmful. Maybe your income level does not allow you to be a “Warrior” or maybe you simply can not reconcile spending thousands of dollars on treatments that may or may not work. I am not bashing anyone for their choice on how best to help their child.
Does anyone know if her child has autism? I know a lot of mom’s believe recovery is possible. I am not so sure. My son started with what our state (Michigan) calls Early On for early intervention. We do not have an ABA program near me. At 3.5 he entered an ECSE program completely non-verbal. We did not receive an official diagnosis until age 6. By that time he had been verbal for two years. Speech therapy helped him immensely. The school added in Occupational Therapy in 2009. He has SPD as well. The OT helped deal with his SPD. In 2010 when we received his official dx we took him to private OT. We also started him on A GFCF diet. I learned about this diet Through a book I won. Ironically it was Jenny McCarthy’s own Louder Than Words. He is now 8 and is going into a General education typical 2nd grade public school classroom. He still receives speech, OT, and resource room. He is verbal, but has difficulties communicating sometimes. A lot of the issues he had like super huge meltdowns, behavioral issues in a public setting, etc. have been greatly reduced with therapy. If you had met him at 3.5 and then saw him now at 8 you would never believe he’s the same kid. He has made HUGE progress and still he is in no way recovered by any means. Nor do I believe that if Jenny McCarthy’s son really ever had autism that he is recovered. She still refers to her child as having autism. If her child had recovered why would she do that? Autism is a brain based difference and I don’t believe any amount of treatment has the ability to change your brain’s functioning completely. And I most definitely am no victim. Just my children’s mom.