@Laks09: I read the two articles you posted, and what stood out for me was the incident where the child had a melt down in a store and people thought that the mother was unable to control the child and were rude to them. And while you are not the author, I was wondering if you had any ideas or suggestions to share about how people who are not parents, or do not have exposure to autism could be more aware of it and supportive? Not that I'd ever comment on anyone's parenting in public, but I'd like to be more supportive, or at least less judgmental mentally the next time if I see someone struggling, if possible. Oh and I don't want to sound patronizing, but you sound like a very strong woman and lovely parent! I hope I get to interact with you a lot more around here.