hi all, Recently a relative of a relative, came home. the lady came along with her son. The son is 6 years and is autistic. the parents and relatives have a stigma and don't want to accept that he is autistic, and needs special attention. To be honest, I was really wondering how the parents were managing the boy. he was so hyperactive, running around, climbing stairs, (I had bile in my throat in fear of him hurting himself..) and the worst part was he cannot talk. Both the parents are now so traumatised emotionally,physically...If only they open out..and talk lot of problems could be sorted... So any body having special needs child,please forget the stigma, talk about your child, your fears, how you are dealing with them so that others can be a sounding board for you and help you..and in the process you can learn more... I hope I am not treading or hurting any sensitive parent here....it is only that my heart goes out for those parents and children.... I know one person who has really benefitted by coming out and talking about her child.