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PostSubject: Parents claim that Trips to Disney World are helping their autistic child   Mon May 05, 2008 12:19 pm

When Sara Miles tells people that she moved from Seattle to Orlando so her son could be close to Disney World, she knows what they're thinking.

That she's crazy.

But most people don't understand what it's like to have an autistic child -- to watch a talking toddler lose his speech and melt into a quiet world that no one else can enter. Most people don't know what it's like to see the doors to all your dreams slam shut.

So when Sara and her ex-husband brought their autistic son, Ben, to Disney World for the first time back in 2002, they were astounded. The boy who threw temper tantrums at the grocery store suddenly seemed quiet, patient and observant. The boy who rarely talked began naming the rides they had been on.

It was the first time that Ben had spoken words that his parents, teachers and speech therapists hadn't coaxed out of him.

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PostSubject: Re: Parents claim that Trips to Disney World are helping their autistic child   Wed May 07, 2008 1:29 pm

Nice story. Although I don't personally know anyone who has autism or kids with autism, I know it's a big deal when there is a 'breakthrough' of sorts.

It's nice to see that the Snow White Cast Members remember Ben and plan for special occasions, like arranging to meet Snow White and the Dwarfs.

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