By Kim Stagliano
Yesterday we ran a post about the sheer tragedy of three, one - two - three - children with autism who wandered and drowned. Such posts usually evoke instantaneous, "My God, that is horrible, I feel for the family!" from readers. "There but for the grace of God..." You know, normal responses to tragedy.
Sometimes we get comments from people who may or may not be on the spectrum themselves trying to put miles between the drowning and the autism: "NT kids drown too." We try to take those comments from whence they come.
But.... sometimes someone who is in a position of authority says something God awful stupid and callous to us and well, we just have to share it with you readers. Meet Dr. Sonia Khan.
Dr. Sonia Khan is a pediatrician in California - ah yes, home of SB277 - and her Twitter handle is @Sapienist. I know I'm just a dumb autism Mommy and writer and such, but having taken Latin for several years, and paid attention in science class (clean up on the troll aisle, yes, I was an A student in science) I know that sapienist is a play on the Latin word for wise or knowledgeable. Our species is homo sapiens sapiens, although we might need to reconsider that classification if a "doctor" can be so un-sapiens. (That 8th grade science report on Linnaeus is really paying off! Thank you, Mr. Raila!)
Her response to our post about three dead children who had autism?
"YR we responsible 4 ppl not watching their kids?"
If this doc has a bedside manner, it's next to a bed of nails. Even her Twitter profile photograph says, "I look down on you from a position of power."
She missed the point of my post entirely, which was that the public health and pharmatrician community claims to be all about the health, safety and well being of "the herd" when it comes to vaccination mandates, but in reality, it appears that some don't give a fig about actual children. Dr. Khan illustrates our point perfectly.
Well played, Dr. Khan. But hardly wise.
9:30pm EDT - Seems Dr. Khan had a light caseload today as she continued to respond to Age of Autism. She tweets: "...how those kids got loose." Wow. Are they zoo animals?
This pediatrician seems to know exactly nothing about autism and wandering. Again she has missed that this is NOT about vaccination - it's about the facade of care to push an agenda. About how quickly a child can dart off, even bolt from an autism school (Avonte Oquendo's death was a national news story). About how even the most vigilant family member can not have eyes on arms length 24/7/365 realistically. I know parents who sleep with hotel locks on their doors. A bed in front of the front door. Alarms on windows and doors. Fences. Gates. Bolts. And still, their children have managed to elope. There is a CDC ICD-9 wandering code for autism.
According to the National Autism Association, the leader in wandering prevention, Only 14% [of families] had received guidance from their pediatrician or another physician.
I believe that.
6:30am - She's back in the Twitter saddle riding that high horse and beating it to death.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book. She is co-author of 101 Tips for Parents of Girls with Autism.
Update 7/28: A pugilistic, "Bring it!" And a threat to sue. AofA is a "fake advocacy site?" Seems pretty real to me!