Raising awareness about autism
By KIM COUSINS
14 Apr, 2010 11:41 AM
Candy Jubb is one busy mum. She has six (7) children, three with various degrees of autism, and works hard to raise awareness of the disability. Her son Tom is 10 and severely autistic. He attends the support unit at Ross Hill Public School. Candy said when Tom started school there he was one of two autistic students; now there are six. “Some kids are very obvious, some aren’t,” Candy said of autism diagnosis. “Tom had big sensory issues from birth. He was diagnosed at one year and one month (correction 1 year & 10 months of age), the second youngest in the state. Candy said that although the diagnosis of autism is on the rise, it’s still a taboo topic. “It’s more prevalent than childhood cancer,” she said. “There are quite a few others in town. We want people to know why Tom is like he is.” Diagnosis usually starts with a visit to a paediatrician but for general questions the early intervention workers at Inverell Disabilities Service in Henderson Street are there to help. “Use them as first contact,” Candy said. “You don’t have to have a child diagnosed with disabilities, you can still see them.” Although there is no test or ‘cure’ for autism, early diagnosis can make a big difference.
Link to article: http://www.inverelltimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/raising-awareness-about-autism/1802831.aspx