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Dec
18

Our sympathy to the Newtown community

The Autism Society of Minnesota is deeply saddened by the horrific shootings in Connecticut. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the families and community touched by this tragedy.

The Autism Society of Minnesota is deeply saddened by the horrific shootings in Connecticut. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the families and community touched by this tragedy.

Some media reports have speculated that the shooter had mental health issues and possibly had autism. Some reports have implied that the shooter’s lack of empathy and difficulty with social interaction somehow was connected to this violent act. We want the public to know that there is no evidence or reliable research that suggests a linkage between autism and premeditated violence. 

Thousands of Minnesotans with autism are living in our communities and making positive contributions to our society. However, we are concerned about the inadequate mental health supports and services available to those individuals who need them. We hope that Minnesota can act as a leader to more closely examine how we provide those supports and services in our schools and social services system.  

We encourage Minnesotans to be informed, be prepared, and be involved by learning more about autism through the AuSM website, which offers resources on therapy and support, emergency preparedness, and education. 

Click here to read a Dec. 17 story from Psychology Today about autism and violence - stopping the rush to judgement.

The Autism Society of North Carolina also has identified some resources for parents that provide guidance on how to talk about crisis events with your children.

Click here for advice on how to talk to kids about tragedies in the media. 

Click here for advice on how to talk to kids about violence.

Click here for Parent Tips: Death and Grieving via Pathfinders for Autism.  

Click here for information on how to talk to children with autism about death.

Connect with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.