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Autism X

Will You Watch Autism X?

Autism is a developmental disorder that invades the lives of thousands of families every day. It's a topic that brings out debate and passion — it is a mystery to many people who have never encountered such dysfunction. Bringing attention to the disorder, the Kirton family is taking their home life into our living rooms with a show called Autism X.

The family of eight has six children under age 14 who are all on the autistic spectrum. Trying to make ends meet, the family lives in an 1,100-square-foot house with one bathroom. Since both parents are staying at home to manage the chaos, they have taken to the Internet to sell tee-shirts on their family site Autism Bites. I'll be tuning in on Wednesday nights on Discovery Health to see how this crew makes it through the day. Will you?

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Sarana Sarana 8 years
I won't watch this, it seems like an awful show. I also don't like to watch shows that have jobless (by choice) people in it. They might be a good test subject for science though. If all their children have autism there must be a common denominator that caused it.
MissyB1984 MissyB1984 8 years
I feel so badly for the poor kids living with this disorder, and I absolutely hate the fact that their irresponsible parents will now be pimping them out to pay the bills. Needless to say I will not be watching this.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
the autism spectrum is a BIG spectrum. if a child is mildly affected and high functioning they can have a typical life with marriage, career, etc. but if the child is at the other end of the spectrum and is low functioning, it's such a cruel condition, and the children can suffer horribly. my oldest daughter has severe autism and let me tell you; it's horrible. the self injurious behaviors, anxiety attacks, psychotic episodes; it's pitiful. i hate to judge parents of children who have such a heavy burden, 6 kids with autism. but seriously, what were they thinking? after the parents are dead, who will take care of those children? i doubt i would be able to watch this. i know how it ends; badly.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
If you have six kids who are all on the spectrum, there is no way they are all getting the attention they really need, even if both parents stay at home. Poor children. Foolish parents.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
oh my god are you kidding? Why did they continue having children if they were all born with autism? You would think by child #3 they would have been like, "hey, this isn't really working out for us, maybe we should stop". The fact that now both of them have to stay home (so no one is working to support the family and they're relying on charity.. or excuse me, t-shirt sales.. to put food on the table) is deplorable. Shame on them and their horrible parenting decisions.
Akpril Akpril 8 years
I don't see why it's disgusting to have children even if the chances are high they will be autistic. Yes, it's more difficult and it's hard to watch them struggle, but implying that they should not have been born is extremely harsh. Though I do agree that this show, while perhaps allowing their parents to stay home full time with them, will exploit them. I am getting so tired of seeing children used to make money.
mhg mhg 8 years
i live w/ autism everyday, so i probably won't tune in. i watched it once and found it kind of sad. their house is a mess (i'm not knocking it) and it just kind of bums me out. i think they are mormon, which may explain the # of children. i'm all for exposing people to others w/ special needs in the hopes that it will make them more understanding and tolerant of kids like my son, but i don't know if this is the kind of show that will do it.
sensistar sensistar 8 years
I find this to be disgusting! Why would they continue having children if they knew the risks for autism. Its not fair to the kids. And then to exploit them because they don't have enough money to raise their challenged kids. I will not watch this show!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Seriously? What is the point of doing this show? I dont get why these families of more than 8 kids get these shows....
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
I've worked with people and children with severe autism, so I can understand what the families go through in a way. That being said, I really don't watch a lot of TV, so I'd probably skip this one as well.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 8 years
Bless this Family!!!
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