An article was printed in the Irish Examiner yesterday which is about the ‘Myth of autism’. It’s written by Dr. Tony Humphreys who is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
You can read the article on the Irish Autism Action Facebook page. What I make of it is that the author is saying the parents of children with Autism are cold and unloving. So are therefore producing children who are unable to love and ‘exist mostly in their heads’. Apparently the parents of such children are the ones that need the help. These parents can’t express ‘love and affection and emotional receptivity’, according to Dr. Humphreys.
It beggars belief that someone can write this rubbish. What about in families such as my own where one child is on the autistic spectrum and the other isn’t? Even though they were bought up exactly the same.
What about poor children that come from homes where they were unloved and they aren’t autistic?
We are living in a world where it’s hard to get by if you have a disability (especially an unseen one) and are trying to get people to understand about autism. It’s not helped by articles like this.