This article is by Alan Zarembo and was published in the Los Angeles Times on December 11, 2011. It is the first of four parts. Read the first few paragraphs here, and then click on the link to read the rest of the article. It is a great article with lots of good information. I’m looking forward to the next three parts and will post them here when they’re published. Also, when you go to the LA Times website, don’t miss the information in the sidebar.
Autism boom: an epidemic of disease or of discovery? By Alan Zarembo
Amber Dias couldn’t be sure what was wrong with her little boy.
Chase was a bright, loving 2 1/2-year-old. But he didn’t talk much and rarely responded to his own name. He hated crowds and had a strange fascination with the underside of the family tractor.
Searching the Internet, Amber found stories about other children like Chase — on websites devoted to autism.
“He wasn’t the kid rocking in the corner, but it was just enough to scare me,” recalled Dias, who lives with her husband and three children on a dairy farm in the Central Valley town of Kingsburg.
She took Chase to a psychologist in Los Angeles, who said the boy indeed had autism and urged the family to seek immediate treatment.