By Anne Dachel
The President of the AAP, Dr. David Tayloe, recently released a letter to doctors entitled, Autism: opportunities for pediatric leadership, partnership. (HERE)
In the midst of an unprecedented epidemic of neurological disorders among our children, this is the best response from the organization that claims to be focused on the health of our children. In his letter, Tayloe advises doctors to use the "Autism toolkit" provided on this link. (HERE) This amounts to a pathetic joke in the face of the struggle faced by countless thousands of parents.
At their national convention in Oct 2007, the AAP recommended early screening at well-baby checks. "AAP Recommends Autism Screening for All Infants" (HERE)
Autism wasn't a crisis for the AAP in 2007 and it isn't today. The AAP had no answers in 2007 and they have no answers today.
In his letter, Tayloe could only say that autism "appears to be increasing." For our country, autism is an epidemic and a disaster. For parents, it's a heartbreaking nightmare. But to the AAP president, autism represents "opportunities for pediatric leadership, partnership."
Tayloe announced that the AAP "will continue to work hard on correcting misinformation that unduly worries the public and encourages unhealthy practices.
"The AAP concurs with scientists and parents who find no linkage between vaccines and autism and continues to encourage all parents to bring their children for their life-saving immunizations."
Tayloe shows an appalling lack of concern for a generation of suffering children that the rest of society will eventually have to provide for. His main effort seems to be to pretend that autism is an acceptable condition and to re-enforce the tired mantra of "no known cause, no known cure." He offers nothing for America's children.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.