This is preaching to the choir probably.

This is preaching to the choir probably.

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11 Myths About Autism
You’ve prob­ably heard lots of thoughts and ideas about autism, but we want to make sure you know what is true and what is false. Our Family Services and Science depart­ment put together 11 myths about autism to help put an end to any miscon­cep­tions. All of these are great for students to share with their class­mates. If you’re in college, get involved with Autism Speaks U, a program that supports college students in their aware­ness, advo­cacy and fundraising efforts.
1. Myth: People with autism …

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15 thoughts on “This is preaching to the choir probably.”

  1. The refrig­er­ator mom myth is the one that is hardest to dispel, and the one I've seen cited by many veteran special educa­tion profes­sional, more than any other myth.

  2. I think the truth they give for 10 is very misleading though. It should say that the diag­nosis of autism has increased not autism. There are a lot of people now recog­nized has having autism that would never have been diag­nosed in the past.

  3. +Eoghann Irving I'll concede that there is some improve­ment in the tools involved in recog­nizing and diag­nosing Autism. Autism, in any of its mani­fes­ta­tions, is still diag­nosed poorly and very late, both due to lack of training on the MD side, and poor training on the PhD side. There is still no general collab­o­ra­tion between the disci­plines that, together, should form (formal and informal) diag­nostic teams and, if prop­erly commu­ni­cating, would ensure early diag­nosis and treat­ment. For example, many kids get referred by the pedi­a­tri­cian for speech and occu­pa­tional therapy services before the age of three, but seldom get referred to a psychol­o­gist or devel­op­mental pedi­a­tri­cian for further eval­u­a­tion. Today, we are still seeing many chil­dren diag­nosed with an Autistic disorder in the early teens, who were diag­nosed with ADHD in child­hood. As for the preva­lence issue, I've searched my memory banks many times and queried many people over the years about their expe­ri­ence and I find that, like me, they do not remember ever going to school with kids who are obvi­ously on the Spec­trum as there are now.

  4. I have a nineteen-year-old grandson who I believe is an Asperger. I found the book "Look Me In The Eye; My life with Asperger's" by John Elder Robison to be very enlight­ening, as well as a very enter­taining book.

  5. My best friend's apparent ASD did even­tu­ally get described in a "blind men and the elephant" kind of way, with an amazing number of NLD, other LD, and sensory inte­gra­tion disorder labels in the early '90s. I would also suspect, from my expe­ri­ence and much of what I've heard from other adults, that many were/are just consid­ered to be kind of dorky and have prob­lems with "treatment-resistant" anxiety, depres­sion, and the like. That was most certainly the way mine was inter­preted, and it's not even totally wrong once you throw in years of expe­ri­ence with bullying and unad­dressed learning difficulties.

  6. +Eoghann Irving I think I would have recog­nized that there was some­thing different. I know I would not have known that there is a name for it. My husband is an Aspie as well. He was diag­nosed with ADHD as a child, and redi­ag­nosed with Asperger's as an adult, after our daughter was diag­nosed with Autism. Since he was a late talker, I think he prob­ably would have been diag­nosed HFA in child­hood, had he seen a better doctor. I am not surprised by the fact you weren't diag­nosed. Not all Aspies need services or accom­mo­da­tions, and func­tion quite well in spite of their differ­ences. Those are on the highest end of that spectrum.

    To get back to the kids I saw as a child and later as a teen, I can't even think of any who met the behavior criteria for ADHD. That too has seen an explo­sion and, for many, merely removing some of the addi­tives in foods (red food dyes in partic­ular) makes all the difference.

    There is a lot more to this than diag­nostic criteria and method­ology. It may all come down to genetic predis­po­si­tion and trig­gers of one kind or another, but the ques­tion remains finding what precip­i­tated all this.

  7. Consid­ering the name ADD wasn't even coined until the 1980 (and ADHD in 87) it's hardly surprising it diag­nosis is more common now than it used to be.

    I knew kids at school who might well be diag­nosed as ADHD if they were at school today.

    Presenting autism as though it is some sort of epidemic is highly misleading.

  8. +Eoghann Irving 1 in 100 in some places, and 1 in 69 in others is more than worri­some and maybe a tad less than an epidemic. Either way, it's 1 in a 100 or 1 in 69 too many. Then, let's not forget that 30% of those diag­nosed with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome also have Epilepsy. The mortality rate in those with a dual diag­nosis of Autism and Epilepsy is consid­er­ably higher than those with Epilepsy alone.

  9. Again I disagree that it's 1 in 100 too many. Neither I nor my son need cured. You badly misusing statis­tics when you present things like that.

    Epilepsy sufferers have a higher mortality rate than those without. so the fact it is also the case for those who are also autistic is of ques­tion­able relevance.

    Your 30% figure is also at the highest end of the ranges claimed for epilepsy. It's usually stated as 10%-30%. 10% is still high, but radi­cally different to 30%

    Bottom line… it's bad science and bad math.

  10. +Eoghann Irving I guess it all depends on how disabled you are. If you're lucky enough not to be disabled in any way and need no help, then your point of view will differ from those whose level of func­tion is affected.

    As for the comor­bidity with Epilepsy, I was off by 9%. It's 39%. You can read about the study here: http://​www​.sciencedaily​.com/​r​e​l​e​a​s​e​s​/​2​0​1​1​/​0​4​/​1​1​0​4​1​5​0​8​3​1​5​5​.​htm I don't think it's bad science.

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