The Professional’s Role as Advocate

  • Siegfried M. Pueschel
  • James C. Bernier
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)


We live in a culture that places great value on individual achievement and ingenuity. Throughout our lives we are educated to develop our potential without emotional or professional support. Indeed, to experience a need for such support often provokes a vague sense of guilt or shame, even if our need is legitimate or beyond our control. Nothing illustrates this emphasis on self-reliance more dramatically than having a disabled child.


Autistic Child Nursery School Supplemental Security Income Respite Care Early Intervention Program 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Siegfried M. Pueschel
    • 1
  • James C. Bernier
    • 1
  1. 1.Child Development CenterRhode Island HospitalProvidenceUSA

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