PAULINE NEEDS A CORY
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
A grubby little sexually confused mate of Peter Slipper as a choice of chief-of-staff bodes poorly for the future decisions of Pauline Hanson. She desperately needs good advice and she won’t get it from him because he has formerly displayed a total ignorance of how the media operates. Anything Hanson says, the media will attack simply because it was she who said it!
Her misunderstood monologue regarding the education of kids with autism was a breath of reality. The subject does need airing yet, as expected, media and people like the Greens’ unhinged Di Natale, and that other woman with two names, tore her to bits before issuing muffled apologies.
Autism, whatever it is, has suddenly become an issue that no-one wants to discuss.
Following compulsory injections my little boy started to show signs of autism. Now I can’t say it was caused by the injections… it was more likely food preservatives or colouring or food antibiotics and growth hormones.
[It’s got me stuffed how we get from an egg to a frozen supermarket chook in 31 days. Something’s going on in our competitive food industries.]
There are obviously degrees of this autism thing because my boy is as bright as a button, affectionate, highly intelligent and a real delight to be around. But when in Prep at school he decided he’d had enough of that bullshit and regularly walked off to another suburb somewhere to find a pre-school he liked or something more interesting. Usually by late that night we found him in a church or someone's back yard or down the beach.
None of the GPS locator buttons we sewed into his clothes worked.
It was clear to me that I had to do something because the school shut down so teachers could join in this frantic search. It was to be either home-schooling or the school principal had another better idea.
I was terrified the teachers would recommend a special school for the disabled. And this is where Ms Hanson trips herself up in the explanation department. You see, parents of autistic kids, including me, will never admit that their child is disabled in any way. To the contrary, these "autistic" kids are mostly miles ahead intellectually and, like I was as a kid, they find normal school shit boring and just want to get out of there to find something more stimulating.
“Oh no”, said the lady principal, “there is no way your little boy should be in a special school… we will look after him.” The other three teachers noddingly agreed. I breathed a sigh of relief, I knew he needed and enjoyed interaction with other kids and there was no way I would let him attend a school restricted to what I imagined were seriously bonkers kids.
I was astonished at the number of “autistic” kids they were already looking after at the school. I have since learnt that all schools have this astonishing number of “autistic” kids… and all have varying degrees of autism. Why this alarming number of kids all of a sudden is a mystery to me.
But I often attend school now, and there is one special teacher who looks after a number of kids in the same class and we pay a stiff $40 an hour for a behavioural teacher who the school has allowed to attend especially to my kid during school hours just to ensure he doesn’t finish up in Cairns or Hobart.
He knows his way around a computer better than I do and learns heaps every time he switches it on, and is athletic with coordination better than normal.
I don’t know about Pauline’s experience but mine is that “autistic” kids thrive in normal schooling interacting with other kids, but a special teacher should be there to assist. The education departments supply special teachers. They are mostly terrific and should be taken advantage of.
My little bloke is going ahead in leaps and bounds now and this strange autism thing is diminishing by the day. Most of my friends don’t know now, and have never known or noticed, anything different about him… he’s a gorgeous little kid.
But I’m uncertain if Pauline’s solution of separating autistic kids would have produced the same result. Other kids should never be held back because of “autistic” kids, I understand and appreciate that. That’s why I was prepared to home-school my boy because if it was a case of autism, it seemed very slight.
The level of parental anger at Pauline’s suggestion is understandable as “autism” can be a sign of intelligence that would be lost in a special school for the disabled. Autism in my experience is NOT a disability, but then again I’m just another doting parent who feels uneasy criticising Ms Hanson's legitimate concerns.
The more I study my little boy, the more I believe I too must have suffered from exactly the same malady.