Kathie Lee & Hoda: Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month and to help people become more aware of the illness, Kathie Lee and Hoda invited three experts on the show to talk about their experiences. They invited Laura Slatkin, mother of an autistic child and founder of NEST Fragrances, Lisa Goring, the Vice President of Family Services for Autism Speaks, and Eric Peacock, the founder of the website My Autism Team.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Laura Slatkin Can’t Find School For Autistic Child In NYC
Laura Slatkin said her son, David, has severe autism. She said the day she found out she cried herself to sleep that night but the next morning her husband told her crying is not going to do any good. He told her they needed to stop being negative and they need to do something for their son. They decided the best thing for him would be a school specially suited to the needs of an autistic children but even in New York City, Slatkin said she couldn’t find one. She said all of the best autistic schools were in New Jersey. She said she reached out to Joel Klein, the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and told him they needed to fund a school for autistic children and he agreed with her.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Four Pillars Of Autism Speaks
Lisa Goring told Kathie Lee and Hoda Autism Speaks has four pillars they try to uphold. Those four pillars are research, advocacy, awareness and family services. She said their goal is to help parents with an autistic child find the help they need and make the care of their child as easy as they can.
But it is not easy to care for an autistic child. Slatkin said her son goes to therapy 40 hours a week and it is still a challenge for him to complete many tasks.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: My Autism Team, Social Media For Parents Of Autistic Children
Eric Peacock said he wanted to start My Autism Team after his nephew was diagnosed with autism. He said the social network allows parents of children with autism to have a place to turn for answers, a place they can stop feeling alone. He said the nearly 40,000 parents on the site use the social media networking to get advice on parenting, to get referrals to different doctors and to get support on a day-to-day basis.