Jan 26, 2014, St. Cloud (MN) Times: Increased rates of autism means rise in cost for St. Cloud schools
Jan 26, 2014, Providence (RI) Journal: Top 5 fears about vaccines (and how to ease them)
Jan 25, 2014, WHEC TV: Roundtable discussion focuses on helping families dealing with autism
Jan 25, 2014, Newsday: Autism diagnoses may decrease with new criteria
Jan 24, 2014, Boston Globe: Harvard professor and researcher Christopher McDougle featured in autism documentary
Jan 24, 2014, PBS: Inoculation Ethics
Jan 24, 2014, Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger: Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights Calls for Choice
The day after the funeral of Avonte Oquendo, the boy with autism whose remains were found this month after he disappeared at age 14 from his school in October, his mother and grandmother stood with Senator Charles E. Schumer as he announced a proposal for a new law. Called "Avonte's law," it would finance a program to provide optional electronic tracking devices to be worn by children with autism.
"Avonte's running away was not an isolated incident," Mr. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said at a news conference on Sunday morning in his office on the East Side of Manhattan. "This is a high-tech solution to an age-old problem."
Citing research that suggests nearly 50 percent of children with autism wander off, often to escape the overstimulation of sounds and noise, Mr. Schumer said the new legislation would expand an existing Department of Justice program that grants money to law enforcement agencies and other groups to provide trackers for people who have Alzheimer's disease.
The tragic death that again puts autism into the headlines. We're forced to change how we deal with children because of the epidemic of disabled children in our midst that officials refuse to recognize as a crisis. Sensitive Santa, autism-friendly movies and story times, ABA and everything.
I would ask Charles Schumer to explain this remark.
"This is a high-tech solution to an age-old problem."
Prove that autism wandering has always been around.
Special education spending on autism spectrum disorders in the St. Cloud school district has nearly doubled in the last seven years.
During that time the student body has grown roughly 2 percent, and a significant part of the 10 percent increase in special education expenses has fallen under autism spectrum disorders.
All of that is not surprising given a nationwide increase in the prevalence of autism among children. But early intervention could not only help children with such a diagnosis mainstream earlier on, it could help curb rising costs for the district in the long run as well, experts say.
The head of spec ed is sure the number "has definitely increased." How nice. No one is ever worried! (And no one bothers to explain why it's happening..)
What a wonderful world.
Dr. Michael T. Brady debunks fears about dangerous side effects, autism, the schedule itself and the ingredients.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), side effects from immunizations are almost always mild and go away within a few days, and serious reactions are very rare.
And of course he forgets to mention that no one can sue the doctor or the vaccine maker. I posted comments.
"The good news is children today are graduating with honors from high school and getting into college with the autism spectrum, but need to make sure the additional services are being provided,” said Sen. Mike Nozzolio, 54th District.
This is a 29 second sound bite. How wonderful. According to a state official, autism isn't a problem. So are we expected to believe that this room full of parents was busy talking about which colleges their kids are applying to?
This is a horrible insult to parents dealing everyday with seriously disabled children and desperately worried about the future.
The number of children diagnosed with autism will likely decline in the coming years, according to researchers who have reassessed population data and found a slight drop in prevalence based on new diagnostic criteria.
Definitions of autism changed last May in a key volume published by the American Psychiatric Association.
Often called the bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, is best known by its abbreviated title, the DSM-5. Before its appearance, fiery debates had arisen over the loss of certain subcategories of autism. . . .
Deb Thivierge, founder of the Elija School in Levittown, wonders whether children are being well-served under DSM-5 guidelines.
"I was just at a presentation by Catherine Lord," Thivierge said of the director of the Institute for Brain Development at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan and member of the DSM-5 committee. "Her review of the new . . . criteria seemed to make sense. Most of it had to do with the gray area between Asperger syndrome, autism and PDD, and that clinicians were not consistent in their diagnoses.
"From my perspective, as a professional and as a parent, it will definitely mean that those children and adults who are more mildly symptomatic might not get a diagnosis, which means they will not receive appropriate services," Thivierge said.
AUTISM: the disorder with no official cause or cure is now being relabeled so that schools and insurance providers won't have to provide for these children.
One in 88 or one in 50 U.S. children (depending on which CDC statistic you care to believe) has an autism diagnosis. No official can tell us why.
The rate is always based on studies of children. No one has ever been able to show us a comparable rate among adults--especially adults with severe autism.
For years, the people at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been scratching their heads over autism, unable to determine if the dramatic increases in the rate meant that there were actually more children with the disorder. No one at the CDC has ever called autism a crisis. Now it seems, by changing the definition, they'll be able to make it seem like autism is going away.
Autism researcher Dr. Christopher McDougle made his film debut last week in a documentary called "Sounding the Alarm," which premiered at Massachusetts General Hospital ahead of other screenings nationwide and an online release. The film takes an in-depth look at 12 families and focuses on problems people with autism face, including the transition into adulthood. McDougle, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of Mass General's Lurie Center for Autism, started his career when autism was a very rare diagnosis. Now, at least 1 in 88 American schoolchildren fits the diagnosis.
WE HAVE A PROBLEM BUT NO ONE KNOWS WHY WE HAVE THE PROBLEM.
Any thinking person would expect someone to explain WHY THIS IS A PROBLEM. Dr. Christopher McDougle is worried about what's going to happen when all these young adults age out of school with nowhere to go.
(And that isn't just true for people on the severe end of the spectrum, as McDougle claims.)
McDougle states that autism was "a very rare diagnosis" when he started practicing medicine. Really? Why is the current rate one in 88?
McDougle warns that these disabled adults are going to have problems finding jobs. WHY? Why can't they do what autistic adults have always done?
Why are we always hearing about the problems of young adults with autism? Why isn't anyone looking out for the one in 88 middle aged and elderly people with autism? Why can't anyone show us where they are in numbers even approaching what we see in our children?
McDOUGLE REALLY NEEDS TO BE "SOUNDING THE ALARM" OVER THE FACT THAT HE CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY THIS IS A PROBLEM.
The undeniable truth is that this is a new problem and no one can explain where all these disabled people are coming from. If McDougle thinks there are problems now, just wait a few more years when autism does effect adults as well as children.
Notice that McDougle talks about reducing inflammation and reducing the symptoms of autism. He doesn't explain what causes the inflammation. If this is a factor in autism, why doesn't mainstream medicine ever talk about it?
For an autism researcher, Dr. McDougle can't tell us much we don't already know.
In most states, parents can choose not to vaccinate their children based on a personal or religious objection. It's a choice that has begun raising concerns about the ethics of refusal and the rising risk of outbreaks.
What about the ethics of indemnifying doctors and vaccine makers?
Typical coverage. They blame the Lancet study, without naming Wakefield or the Lancet, saying only, "The autism concern stems mainly from a report published 15 years ago in a British medical journal that has since been withdrawn and labeled a fraud."
I posted nine comments. Check them out. The links to the vaccine schedule and Greater Good have visuals!
Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights says it's time for the state to allow parents to have the legal right to select, delay or opt out of vaccines.
About 30 members of the group rallied Wednesday at the state Capitol in an effort to push for a bill this year to allow exceptions to the state's immunization law. Mississippi doesn't allow philosophical or religious exemptions from immunizations.
"There are 48 states that allow that right," said Mary Jo Perry of Pelahatchie, co-director of Parents for Vaccine Rights.
"Mississippi only offers a very difficult to obtain medical exemption and children pretty much have to be injured before they can get exempted. We're vaccinating our children up to 49 times for 15 diseases for kindergarten and there are a lot of families that definitely want to vaccinate but they're a little intimidated by that schedule and they would like to slow it down a little."
"Perry said her son suffered a grand mal seizure, which she said she believes it was due to a vaccination since it occurred within hours of her son getting the shot."
I just posted on this........great comments from lots of people.
MISSISSIPPI VACCINATE AT YOUR OWN RISK!