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The Mother of an autistic child speaks her piece about new NYU ad campaign

Posted Nov 17 2008 9:04pm

I find the most interesting and intelligently written articles on LD and mental health issues on the Internet. Not usually at sites run by doctors, Psychiatrists or therapists, but on blogs run by the parents of, or the people with, the conditions they are writing about.

this really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s stopped to think about it. We are the people that actually live with these disorders. I’m not knocking the medical community, but in all honesty, I doubt many psychologists out there actually have ADHD, ADD, BiPolar Disorder, Autism, or any of the other conditions they treat. They are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms, that’s it. Most of them will never truly understand.

Susan Senator apparently feels the same way. Her post, titled “ I Pick You Up ” talks about the new ad campaign being run by the New York University Child Study Center. This campaign features images that are intended to shock parents into treatment actions for Autistic children. The problem? The way it’s being done, and in my opinion it’s done this way because either they or their advertising company simply have no idea the kind of pressurethey are placing on parents.The Ads are based on fear tactics, something I firmly believe is wrong.

Take a moment and read Susan’s post. I think you’ll be glad you did.

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