Autism Spectrum Disorder

According to the Autism Science Foundation, Autism was first described in 1943 by Dr. Leo Kanner, a child psychiatrist, when he noticed eleven children who showed a lack of interest in other people however an "unusual interest" in their environment.

Dr. Kanner was ahead of his time - he was able to remove Autism from being classified as a mental illness.

While we do not know the cause of Autism, we do know two things: 1) genetics most likely play a part and 2) there have not been any conclusive studies that show it is caused by vaccines. In fact, scientists now believe there may be up to fifty (50) genes that could cause Autism. There is no cure for Autism, but with early intervention and treatment, symptoms can be improved and difficulties can be overcome that allow the child to live a happy and productive life.

Why would Autism matter to a law firm?

Because Swier Law Firm's attorneys and staff are raising autistic children . . . and we would like to help you if you are walking the Autism path with a loved one.

We hope to build this page into a reference tool that you can use during your journey of living with Autism. We hope you find helpful articles and information below - we will continue to include articles, links to our books, videos, and interviews.

Five Facts About Autism Spectrum Disorder

What Does Autism Mean  To Your Kiddo?

Ten Actions Parents Can Take To Eliminate Bullying (

National Autism Association Publishes Guide For Grandparents

National Autism Association Publishes Guide For Caregivers

3 Programs Every Parent With An Autistic Child Should Know About

In The 12 Essential Estate Planning Tips For Families With An Autistic Child™, Swier Law Firm's Estate Planning & Probate Practice Group addresses the unique estate planning challenges faced by families with an autistic child.

This Book Will Answer These Questions:

  • Why is estate planning important for you and your autistic child?
  • How do you protect your autistic child's eligibility for government benefits?
  • What is a Special Needs Trust and why would you want one for your autistic child?
  • Why should you create a Letter of Intent for your autistic child?
  • Should you consider Advance Directives for your autistic child?                                        

To download this book, please click here.

Community Partners

Autism Speaks

Lighting the Way 2018 Conference

Austic Behavioral Consultants

Autism of the Black Hills

Austim Spectrum Disorder Clinic at University of South Dakota

Lifescape - Autism Services

South Dakota Parent Connection

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