This study was discussed for quite a while this morning on the Today Show. More and more information is being released that early intervention specifically combined with a large portion of parental participation is the only type of treatment assisting children with ASD.
I think it makes parents feel better to know we're doing the best we can for our children. At first, it was very difficult to ignore Boog when he threw a tantrum. When your child cries you immediately have an overwhelming instinct to comfort them (well, you're supposed to). Combining that instinct with the knowledge your child is special-needs makes it even more difficult. The only reason I can avoid rewarding negative behavior is because I know I'm doing it to help my son in the long run. I think most parents of children with Autism (that are actively trying to help their children) feel very similar.
Hope you're all doing well :)
Boog's MommyAKA The mom with nothing better to do than research Autism at 9:00 a.m. on a Tuesday.