May 29, 2014, Guelph (ONT) Mercury: An inspiring change in autism diagnosis
May 28, 2014, Idaho Mountain Express: Opinion piece about vaccines is misleading
May 27, 2014, Portland (ME) Press Herald: Our View: No easy solution when kids with autism wander
May 27, 2014, NBC News: Mice With Mohawks Yield Clues to Autism
May 27, 2014, Chicago Tribune: Changing Perceptions on Autism, One Chicagoan at a Time
It's a medical advance that could have a positive impact in the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder. New research from Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children suggests that autism begins its development in the womb, a finding that should lead to earlier diagnosis.
Since many children aren't identified with autism until the age of 4, the possibility of a much quicker diagnosis means they could get started on treatment that can improve their brain functioning. With one in 68 children now affected by autism, that's very good news.
The Toronto Star reported that the rate of one in 68 children with autism is "very good news." Children are born autistic. Autism is genetic. The problem is waiting for services.
Questions: Why are we so neglectful of autistic children? If autism has always been around, why aren't there services immediately available for every child diagnosed? If it's so common, why do we have to train everyone to deal with autism--teachers, EMTs, police, firefighters? WHY CAN'T ANYONE SHOW US THE SAME POPULATION AMONG ADULTS? And why do normally developing children suddenly and inexplicably regress into autism?
This same editorial was published on May 26, 2014 in the Toronto Star.
The opinion piece by Leslie Manookian and Kendall Nelson regarding vaccines is one of the most irresponsible distortions of scientific fact that I have ever seen. They use careful word choice and phrasing to imply causal relationships that do not exist and they create the impression of scientific support for theories that have been completely debunked. It is manipulative and unconscionable.
I posted a comment here. This is a slam at Manookian and Nelson for daring to say there are risks to being vaccinated. According to the writer, the chances of side effects are "vanishingly small."
Federally funded GPS units for families are just one part of an effective response strategy.
As the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder has soared, a nationwide effort is gaining ground to spread the word about the likelihood of their wandering off from a safe environment.
On a day when I saw numerous stories about genetic autism and no real increase, I found this. The Portland Press Herald in Maine must be exaggerating. There's really isn't a soaring number of children with autism--it's just better diagnosing of a disorder that's always been around. So why are they talking about training police about autism?
And why is there a need for tracking devices? We've never needed them in the past, so why should we have to have them now? Kids have always been wandering off and we've done just fine.
It's not every day you see a mouse with a mohawk. But that's what researchers saw while studying mice that had a genetic mutation linked to autism.
The mohawks that the mice were sporting actually resulted from their "over-grooming" behavior, repeatedly licking each other's hair in the same direction.
The behavior resembles the repetitive motions displayed by some people with autism, and the researchers say their experiments reveal a link between the genetic causes of autism and their effects on the brain, suggesting potential avenues for treating the disorder.
...People with autism may also engage in repetitive behaviors, such as rocking or hand flapping.
NBC is very clever. Here we hear about a cute study involving mice who over-groom. It reinforces the idea that autism is genetic and hey--there's no mention of CHILDREN. "People with autism" is the subject. Autism affects everyone, across the ages.
We're also reminded about "Beyond Vaccines: 5 Things That Might Really Cause Autism."
"Autism is not a disease...it is a way of life. It is a stepping stone to something greater: an opportunity to make life interesting for those with this special condition while allowing us to think twice about practices our community grew up with. We truly need to use this platform as an opportunity to make our society better for all...more inclusive."
What can I say? (It's way of life all right. It's one we're all going to be paying for FOREVER.
Autism isn't the problem, people's perception of autism only needs to be changed. Autistic kids aren't really sick. They don't wander off and die.
There is nothing wrong with a condition that is rampant among our children and that has no known cause, prevention or cure. Doctors continue to get better and better at diagnosing it among our children. The fact that 30 percent of autistic kids have experienced some sort of regression is just part of the mystery of autism, and having 25 percent of children with autism labeled "nonverbal" isn't really concerning either. If we all just pretend having autism is just a normal part of childhood, we won't have to talk about it.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.