The first article is titled “First Person” by Amy Lennard Goehner. Amy and her husband have two sons; Nate their biological child, and Joey who is adopted. Nate is the eldest and has been diagnosed autistic.
She points out some of the things which Nate did not do at various stages of his toddler development and contrast those absences with “normal” development processes which she observed in Joey.
She reflects on how torn she was when the diagnosis confirmed Nate’s condition, but after she regained her composure, she got up and dusted herself off and has since been busy with the task of seeking out the best available treatments and attention for
She admits that certain aspect of Joey’s development have been taken for granted. No not that she loves him any less than Nate, but Joey is on course with children his age.
On the other hand, nothing Nate does is taken for granted.
Amy sums up her situation thusly:… “I entered motherhood through the special- needs world, I somehow feel more a part of it than I do the “normal” one. The challenges in this world are greater, but the accomplishments – those firsts – are that much sweeter”
The Second article is titled “Breaking the Silence, One Woman’s Drive to Teach Her Autistic Son”, and was produced by CBS news program 60 Minutes. The article features the determined persistent efforts of Hollywood producer Jon Shestack and his wife, Portia Iverson and their attempts to mitigate the effects of autism for their son Dov.
Additionally, the piece highlights Tito and his mother Soma. Tito is also autistic and has been taught through his mother’s dogged determination on how to pen his thoughts. The methods of Soma (which ran counter to all professional advocacy’s) “The Rapid Prompting Method”.