By Anne Dachel
Two stories out on April 22, 2019 make it clear that we are expected to accept ANY INCREASE, ANY RATE in childhood illness or disabilities, especially when it comes to the “A” WORD—AUTISM.
By an odd coincidence a piece from Scotland and one from Syracuse, NY both use the word “soaring” to describe increases in autism/special needs.
The report from Scotland defies reason.
Herald: Number of pupils with special needs 'soaring'
The number of pupils requiring support for mental health problems has more than tripled between 2012 and 2018, up 252 per cent.
Those with communication support needs have increased by 293% in the same period, while pupils identified as having autism spectrum disorder have more than doubled, rising by 101%.
Students needing help at school for physical health problems have risen by 98% in the six-year period, while those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties have increased by 86%.
Students with dyslexia have risen 60% …
Then we are told that all these disabled children are merely due “to increased recognition and diagnosis of conditions, as well as improvements in recording.”
It’s hard to imagine how the 98% increase in students with physical health problems could be explained by this theory, but we’re expected to buy it. And please note that they’re especially unconcerned that the explosion in sick kids could be even worse in another six years. It’s never even brought up in the piece.
In fact, a government spokesman congratulated the commission for a job well done in finding all the disabled among them.
‘It is clearly positive to see that we are become increasingly good at identifying and recording those with ASN, such as autism, dyslexia, mental health problems and learning difficulties.’
Autism and other neurological conditions can never be a problem in Britain. Increases can never be real. No one there can ever be worried about any of this.
As if this surreal coverage weren’t bad enough, the U.S. media followed suit with a story from Syracuse, NY on April 22 too. Syracuse Post Standard: Syracuse autism clinic in limbo; kids waiting nearly 2 years for diagnoses
We were told that the local autism clinic with a waiting list also has its lease expiring. And without a diagnosis, kids can’t qualify for services at school.
A state-funded Syracuse clinic that diagnoses autism and other developmental disabilities in children has stopped taking new patients, leaving parents waiting nearly two years to get their kids evaluated elsewhere.
While it’s not the main focus of the piece, jaw-dropping New York autism numbers are included, and they’re “soaring” too.
The delay comes at a time when autism diagnoses in children are soaring.
The number of special education students statewide with autism grew from 6,752 in 2000 to 37,435 in 2016, a nearly six-fold increase, according to the state Education Department.
The Syracuse story didn’t venture a guess as to why tens of thousands of additional autistic students suddenly showed up in the state over a sixteen year period. It’s just the way it is.
BOTH of these reports are on my website, LossOfBrainTrust.com.
They’re really not unique. I now have over 4,000 news reports there, all collected since January, 2017. You’d think 4,000 stories on the decline and fall of modern childhood would have someone’s attention. SADLY, they don’t.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.