My DH is Australian and his family still lives there. We lived there for a year when older DS (who has autism) was 2-3 yo. My MIL is having a VERY hard time accepting that DS has autism and thinks all of his issues are just related to all of the moving we've done and the fact he is "shy". She is the type that can't see anything wrong with children or grandchildren, so she chooses to think I'm insane, overdramatic, or just generally American. Whatever.
I was speaking with her tonight on the phone and she was probably more open than she's ever been on the issue. I tell her about the great therapies that we are doing with DS and how much progress he is making. She seems very accepting and even mentions that she was listening to a program on the radio and there was a mother that's written this book talking about her son with autism and his therapies, etc. I'm thinking great, maybe she's finally getting it.
So I google the book so I can read it too. Its called "Raindrops on Roman" and its one of those I-cured-my-son's-autism books. Sigh. So now what do I say to continue the great interest, but to politely explain that we aren't going to be "curing" anything? I did let her know that the Australian Autism Society does some wonderful workshops on support networks and wouldn't she love to attend one of those, because I'm sure they could explain it better than me (i.e. she might actually believe them). Any other suggestions?
To make this story even better I just notice a recommendation by the medical director of neonatology of one of the only hospitals in my area on this website: