What to do when waiting for an autism evaluation? Pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, and Jim Mancini, a speech-language pathologist and coordinator of parent education and support at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, discuss the autism diagnosis process. Mancini shares his tips and recommendations for parents who may be on long wait lists.
News Flash: Raphe Bernier, PhD and James Mancini, SLP were invited to visit the Vinmec Hospital in Vietnam to provide trainings and metrics on the diagnosis and treatment of autism as well as discussions about scientific research on the exploration about the possible causes of autism.
For years I have worked tirelessly to give my voice to autism, both through training providers about family-centered care and training parents to become advocates for themselves and their children. I have always tried to capture my son Josh’s story accurately, and have struggled with feeling authentic. Do I share my story or his?
When Josh became a teenager he no longer wanted me to share his story, so I worked at refining mine. When I was unable to do that, I stepped away from speaking publically about autism.
Our journey has been quite an adventure! Many ups and downs and everything in between.
In January Josh decided to make a video about his struggles with autism. He presented his story to the entire student body at a Martin Luther King assembly at his high school, Nathan Hale. His voice speaks volumes more than I ever could.
Thank you, Josh. I’m so proud of you! Keep talking…your voice matters!