The saddest stance is one in which one or both parents—depressed or overwhelmed by the demands placed on them by the apparently intractable behavior of their child—have pretty much given up. Their attitude can be paraphrased as, "There is nothing you can do with that child.. .so I just let her sit in front of the TV. If she gets too wild I leave her in her room." Among professionals this used to express itself in a "Don't make waves" attitude. "The kid is not making any trouble by herself so I just leave her alone." Fortunately, this attitude is less and less prevalent in classrooms.
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Autism is a developmental disorder that manifests itself in early childhood and affects the functioning of the brain, primarily in the areas of social interaction and communication. Children with autism look like other children but do not play or behave like other children. They must struggle daily to cope and connect with the world around them.