The Kids Will Be All Right: 'Beating' Autism

September 10, 2014 5:42 PM

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The Kids Will Be All Right: 'Beating' Autism

If "hope" was a drug, the worst addicts would be parents. Proof came in a recent New York Times Magazine cover story, "The Kids Who Beat Autism," which offered a few Cinderella stories against a common evil step-sister, the motley crew of diagnoses lumped into Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

When people say someone "beat" a condition, they are usually referring to serious unequivocal diseases, like cancer. Credited with coining "the Big C," the catch phrase for cancer, the indomitable legend John Wayne declared, "Well, I beat the Big C once, and I'll just have to do it again." Cancer is...

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