with Amy Lutz, journalist and author
In the fall of 2009, Amy and her husband struggled with one of the worst decisions parents could possibly face: whether they could safely keep their autistic ten-year-old son, Jonah, at home any longer. Multiple medication trials, a long procession of behavior modification strategies, and even an almost year-long hospitalization had all failed to control his violent rages. Desperate to stop the attacks that endangered family members, caregivers, and even Jonah himself, Amy and her husband decided to try the controversial procedure of electroconvulsive therapy or ECT. Over the last eight years, Jonah, now 18, has received 260 treatments, and the family has found it to be a lifesaver with few negative side effects.
In this webinar, Amy will discuss:
- What is ECT (and why it's not like the shock therapy you saw in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
- What the research shows
- Her family's experience (detailed in her book Each Day I Like it Better)
- What families need to know if considering ECT
- Followed by live Q&A
Amy, who resides in Pennsylvania, was the popular keynote speaker at the SFASA 2015 conference, discussing housing options. You can watch her presentation "Why We Need More Autism Housing Options." She is also the author of the Inspectrum column at Psychology Today:
Before watching this webinar please review the following:
• How Shock Therapy is Saving Some Children with Autism, in Spectrum News: https://spectrumnews.org/features/deep-dive/how-shock-therapy-is-saving-...
• A Dukakis Call for Electroshock Therapy, On Point with Tom Ashbrook (focused on treatment for major depression but gives background about ECT generally, too) http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2017/01/17/kitty-dukakis-electroshock-therapy
Registration is free, but space is limited: [registration info coming soon]