A Father’s Heart

A summary of Ron Sandison’s achievements to date is indeed impressive. Ron works full time in the medical field counseling people with mental health challenges, and is a professor of theology at Destiny School of Ministry. He is also an advisory board member of Autism Society Faith Initiative of Autism Society of America. Ron has a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University, is a prolific freelance writer of countless articles, a bestselling book author of A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom; and he has just finished his second book. He is the founder of Spectrum Inclusion, which takes him on numerous speaking engagements throughout the year. He is husband to h

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: A Parent's Odyssey Through the World of Autism - Part 1

Here, at the front of the twenty first century, we still have much to learn about autism; yet, admirable strides are being made in providing accommodations and inclusion for those on the autism spectrum. However, fifty-sixty years ago, the world’s understanding of autism was significantly more limited, at best. Misdiagnosis and ineffective or detrimental care was too often the norm. Professionals and parents alike were struggling to understand and assimilate the information provided by such pioneering doctors as Leo Kanner (Kanner Syndrome) and Hans Asperger (Asperger Syndrome), while weeding-out falsehoods like Bruno Bettelheim’s discredited “Refrigerator Mothers” theory. During this time,

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: A Parent's Odyssey Through the World of Autism - Part 2

by Gerald de Groot (Part 2) Mark spent 10 very fruitful years at the school - mainly as a day student with occasional residential periods when we went on holiday. He became increasingly socialized and developed into a delightful person whose company everybody seemed to enjoy. He did have some rare periods of anxious and angry behavior. However as he approached age 15, we and other parents of children of similar age at the school, began to worry about the future. As things stood at the time, after age 18, children ceased to come under the auspices of the education authority, and their school funding would cease. And there were no facilities available anywhere for adults suffering from autism.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: A Parent's Odyssey Through the World of Autism - Part 3

by Gerald de Groot (Part 3) It quickly become apparent that the NAS could not be looked for to supply the monies that went beyond the essential and basic needs of residents, but which could make a great difference to their quality of life. Indeed just the opposite. As a large National charity with a number of schools and adult residential units, a diagnostic unit, outreach work, a central headquarters and regional offices, the NAS takes a proportion of fees from all schools and units to help meet its overheads and developmental work. It was therefore decided to set up a separate and completely independent charity, which had the sole aim of helping residents of Somerset Court. It was to be ma

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