“I Love Him to Death But I Don’t Know How to Help Him:” Family of Child With Autism Speaks Out During Awareness Month

Could some cannabinoids help this family?


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (April 15, 2014) – A West Michigan family is reaching out to FOX 17 after hitting dead ends in the search for treatment for their son with autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and according to the CDC, one in 68 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Patti Skinner says she’s tried everything, and hopes to be a voice for a problem she says many families are facing.

Her 12-year-old son Benjamynn has autism and has been violently aggressive since age four.

“He’s hitting, kicking, biting swearing, punching windows, punching walls, kicking doors,” Patti said.

She says it’s harder to deal with Ben as he gets older because he’s getting bigger and stronger.

Patti says he’s been hospitalized, they’ve called police, doctors and treatment facilities with no solutions for long-term help.

“It’s very difficult because I love him to death but I…

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About cannabisforautism

An Ashtanga Yoga teacher, dedicated to improving the health and welfare of those involved in mental health issues, substance use or homelessness. I am also striving to put an end to the perception of the substance user as someone who makes incorrect choices. Striving for a world where there are no 'drug abusers' or 'addicts', just substance users with health concerns and sometimes financial and legal confounds. It is possible to use many substances and still remain happier and healthier than your peers. The notion that a substance user must become unhealthier as time goes by is false. I hope you enjoy reading my blog. It's about autism treatments and a few other odds and ends. Thank you and take care, Jules
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