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Autism and 'Mussar'

As a psychotherapist, I can recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress. Patients often re-experience terror years after a horrific experience; they increasingly avoid anything that might serve as a reminder of the original trauma, and as a result, become more isolated.

So, I was surprised when, around 10 years ago, I began to experience similar emotions.

That was around the time that my beautiful blue-eyed son stopped using the few words he had babbled when he was a year old. He also appeared to have trouble hearing us, and didn’t respond to his name.

Ten years ago, my son Noah was diagnosed with autism.

via Autism and ‘Mussar’ | The Jewish Exponent

An interesting look at how this mother’s spiritual path gave her the means to care for herself and her son.

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