A Positive Persepective
Parents love to talk about their kids but when it comes to certain subjects, such as autism, many parents choose not to be so vocal because of the mindless criticism or negative comments others will make. For Kim Stagliano, talking about her children is never an issue. In fact, she gets very personal about her own life raising not one but three daughters with autism. Typically, people focus on the negatives but tend to forget the positives.
In her best -selling book, All I Can Handle, I’m No Mother Teresa (A Life Raising Three Daughters With Autism) Kim candidly and humorously discusses everything from:
- the challenges of potty training her daughters ( and somehow finding poop everywhere in the house)
- dealing with financial woes from layoffs- one Christmas she was so broke that they did not have enough money to buy presents for the kids
- what it is like to deal with doctors (some of whom told her there was nothing wrong with her kids)
- making time for intimacy (she talks about how they manage to make time for each other and almost got divorced over a round of golf)
- to some of the typical problems parents deal with that can just push you over the edge ( she described the panic attack she had when she lost one of her daughters at Disney World)
What Is Autism?
According to the National Autism Association, the definition of autism is:
- Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3.
- Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.
- Individuals with autism often suffer from numerous physical ailments which may include: allergies, asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, sleeping disorders, and more.
- Autism is diagnosed four times more often in boys than girls. Its prevalence is not affected by race, region, or socio-economic status. Since autism was first diagnosed in the U.S. the occurrence has climbed to an alarming one in 150 people across the country.
- Autism does not affect life expectancy. Currently there is no cure for autism, though with early intervention and treatment, the diverse symptoms related to autism can be greatly improved.
Kim Stagliano is a nationally recognized advocate for people with autism who uses humor to educate. Although Autism typically affects boys 4 to 1 over girls, all three of Kim’s daughters Mia, Gianna and Isabella have Autism. Kim writes, “the current lifetime cost of raising a child with autism is estimated at $3,200,000 according to a 2006 report from the Harvard School of Public Health. That’s not a nest egg; it’s an estate in the Hamptons.”
In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to Kim Stagliano about her life, raising three daughters with Autism. Click here or use the player below to listen to Kim’s interview!
More About Kim!
She is the managing editor of Age of Autism, which is the nation’s first daily web newspaper about the autism epidemic. Kim also writes for the Huffington Post and speaks at national autism conferences appearing on shows such as Good Morning America, ABC News, Fox News, in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the National Catholic Register and on blogs around the world. Kim lives in Connecticut with her family.