“The shooter in Connecticut last week was a young man with no apparent interests other than guns.
“He had some sort of syndrome, a mild form of autism.
“He should never have been given target practice to make him skillful in using guns. So his mother is mainly to blame.
“Perhaps children with autism or other brain disorders should never be taught to use guns.”
This is a strange commentary. While news sites have been trying hard recently to convince us that no one meant to imply that an Asperger’s (ASD) diagnosis is linked to mass murder, like in Newtown CT, but here we’re told that if someone is autistic, there’s a possibility they may commit violent acts and shouldn’t be allowed to use guns.
Whoever wrote this should understand that most of the time, children with autism are victims of violence, not perpetrators. On a regular basis news stories are out about autistic children being bullied by students and abused by teachers in our schools. The disorder that affects over one percent of our children and almost two percent of boys remains a complete mystery to health officials and mainstream medicine. Before we decide that autism equals violence, we should figure out the cause, the prevention, and the cure for this disorder.
“Matthew's diagnosis will soon be dropped in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-5, the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic reference book, to be subsumed into the broader category of autism spectrum disorder.
“Although autism can range from highly functioning individuals like Matthew to those with severe speech and intellectual disabilities, in general individuals struggle with difficulties in communication, behavior and social interaction.
“Dropping the Asperger's diagnosis in the new DSM, due out this spring, has caused consternation for some families.
"’One of the biggest concerns is that some who are higher functioning will no longer meet the more stringent criteria and will therefore have difficulty getting services,’ says Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, an autism researcher at the University of California Los Angeles..
“The jury is still out in terms of how the change will play out in routine practice, she said: "We really need to see it in action."
“To ease fears that some individuals will no longer be eligible for services and insurance coverage, the APA task force recommends that people already diagnosed with an autism-related disorder, such as Asperger's, would be grandfathered in.”
They’re cutting off thousands of kids because they’re costing too much. I posted comments.