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So what is ‘cure’?

Posted Jan 10 2010 11:11pm

All I can offer is my own opinion, so thats what follows. Unlike some bloggers I’m not interested in a lawyerly fillibuster designed to ‘win you round’, just in presenting my own opinion.

Cure is by its very definition a total removal of something that ails somebody. Anything else is therapy. So now we need to ask if theres anything about autism that makes someone medically ill to the point of non or poor functionality. Of course there is. People who struggle to communicate such as my own child are ill in two ways. One is the fact that societies failure to accomodate more than one type of communication means that society ‘makes’ my child ill. Two is the fact that autism has affected xyr ability to communicate in an NT world and that to ignore the fact that xe exists in an NT world is futile and that therefore ‘therapy’ is required to address this.

Does this mean that speech and language therapy is a cure? No. I don’t think its possible to make that claim. SaLT doesn’t address autism, it addresses communication.

There is, despite what some will tell you, no cure for autism. No pill to take, no drug to inject, no strategy to follow that will remove autism. There are a variety of differing therapies, some of which are valid and some of which are not which will help an autistic person function in an NT world.

However, what we must never forget is that it is not only up to the autistic person to try and learn to adjust to the NT world, it is also up to the NT world to try and accomodate all types of divergence including autism (and schizophrenia, bipolar. quadroplegia etc). This will have an enriching effect on society which largely fears difference.

So we come to the question: would I (hypothetically) cure my autistic child? No. Its not my choice, its xyr’s. Would I would like to do is raise xyr to the point where that choice is able to be seriously considered by xyr alone. Is that likely. No its not. My child has severe learning difficulties. So what do I do? What is the correct strategy? The correct strategy is to live in the reality we have. There is no cure. I give xyr every chance by ensuring the education and therapy xe recieves works as well as it can. And I have seen for myself in my step child just how affective such a strategy can be. Better to live in the real world than exist in a false world of quacky cure.

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