“About 1 in 88 children have autism in the United States and they are somewhere on this spectrum.”
The two doctors here, Dr. Freedom Perkins, a pediatric neurologist at Dell Children’s Medical Center and Dr. Caron Farrell, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Texas’ Southwestern Medical Center, aren’t worried about the DSM 5 changes. They say the new way of diagnosing autism will be an improvement. Dr. Farrell said that “doctors will no longer have to spend time trying to figure out which label fits the patient” with the elimination of Asperger’s and PDD-NOS. Of course the cause of autism never even came up in this piece. I posted comments.
"The ... cost to do a full-time treatment for a child with autism averages anywhere between $75,000 and over $100,000 ..."
Announcer: "Autism is becoming increasingly common, with one in eighty-eight children being diagnosed with it.
"Medical scientists have many theories, but the cause of autism is still not known."
We’re hearing endless stories about the “flu epidemic” and PREVENTING IT. Why doesn’t anyone ever want to prevent autism? Why are we so accepting of the nightmare? How can it be “increasingly common” with no explanation? There was no place for comments on this.
Maybe the jaw-dropping cost will get someone’s attention.
“Nearly 70 percent of children with autism suffer emotional trauma as a result of bullying, according to a new study.
“The study also found that many children with autism fear for their safety at school and that those with autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or depression had the highest risk of being bullied.”
How about if the media tells us something we don’t already know about autism. This is just more of the since-autism-is–so-common-we-better-have-some-answers news on autism. It’s very similar to the research showing ASD kids don’t make eye contact. I posted comments.