Julie is a Speech-language pathologist and owns a private practice in West Plano called Speech TX. She specializes in working with children with autism. She has a wonderful husband, adorable daughter, and an ill-behaved labradoodle, all of whom she loves with all her heart.

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Autism on TV

There has been a rise in the incidence and prevalence of autism, which has resulted in a similar increase in the amount of press autism and other disabilities have  in the mainstream media. News reports, magazine articles, and television shows have all become avenues for learning more about specific disabilities.

A new show on NBC called Parenthood includes a storyline of a young child with Apserger’s through diagnosis and treatment. While certain viewers may view the portrayal as only somewhat realistic, it is good that through shows such as this, we are talking about disabilities, rather than hiding them in the closet. Such a show also helps parents experiencing similar life situations to sit back and watch how others react.

Read more about the show here, and let me know your thoughts about it. Do you watch?


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  1. Rachael 07/15/2010 at 2:07 pm

    We watched Parenthood this year – it got better as the season went on. It's not necessarily my favorite show in the world but I was surprised at how relatable (sp? it's early) and honest a lot of the episodes and situations were.

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