Takiwātanga—what a brilliant new word. It is the Māori term for autism, which, when translated, means, "In his or her own time and space." It was coined by Keri Opai, a New Zealand government official in search of positive, non-judgmental vocabulary to replace English words when talking about mental health, disability, and addiction. This single word envelops all that we commemorate during World Autism Awareness Month: knowledge, understanding, and acceptance.
Do you receive the support you need as a special needs parent? Do you worry about your child's actions and safety when communication and social skills are challenges? Well, you are not alone as you seek advice and therapies that will work well for your child and family. Take a peek at this month's issue, and you'll find the excellent strategies and solutions you need for daily life.
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