By Anne Dachel
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Dec 11, 2015, Northumberland News (Ontario): Ontario toughens rules on vaccine exemptions
Dec 11, 2015, AAP News: Report: Children with autism being identified at earlier ages
Dec 11, 2015, New York PIX11: Bronx boy inspires new global Autism Speaks PSA hoping to educate people and eradicate the stigma
Dec 10, 2015, New York Times: Still in a Crib, Yet Being Given Antipsychotics
TORONTO — Ontario parents who don't want to have their children vaccinated will have to be educated themselves about the risks their kids will face before they can go to school.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced steps Friday to deal with so-called anti-vaxxers, parents who don't want to have their kids immunized because of the now debunked fear that vaccines cause autism or mercury poisoning or auto-immune disorders.
Bit by bit, forced vaccination will be the norm around the world.
The most accurate prevalence rate still is one in 68 children, which is based on data from 8-year-olds. That figure is expected to be updated in the spring.
The team also found higher rates of intellectual disability among 4-year-olds with ASD than 8-year-olds with ASD.
“It may be that children who have more severe ASD-related behaviors or who have other conditions like intellectual disability are more likely to be evaluated at a younger age,” said Deborah “Daisy” Christensen, Ph.D., a CDC epidemiologist and lead author of the report. . . .
Still, they were encouraged by the overall finding that among children diagnosed by age 4, the median age for a comprehensive evaluation was five months earlier for the children born in 2006 than for those born in 2002.
(Forget the recent announcement of a one in every 45 kids with autism, the AAP isn't using it. NEW NUMBERS WILL BE OUT IN THE SPRING.) But-hey, they're finding kids with ASD earlier than previously.
Jacob is "unique."
More importantly, they are not alone. Autism affects about one in every 68 children.
He tries to fit in, but people, in his school, they don’t treat him right.
This coverage seems to say that autism is misunderstood and if people "can just be uneducated about autism," everything will be fine.
Almost 20,000 prescriptions for risperidone (commonly known as Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and other antipsychotic medications were written in 2014 for children 2 and younger, a 50 percent jump from 13,000 just one year before, according to the prescription data company IMS Health. Prescriptions for the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) rose 23 percent in one year for that age group, to about 83,000. . . .
Most experts suspected that the trend of medicating younger and younger children for suspected psychiatric disorders was trickling down to very young children. Last year, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that health care providers had given a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to at least 10,000 children age 2 or 3 and then prescribed medications such as Adderall outside American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.
Amazing......the NY Times is concerned about giving psychotropic drugs to babies and children. Are these the same folks who remain unflustered about injecting toxins into kids?
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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 is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.