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Some Facts about Autism

18 Nov

Autism Awarenss

So, here are some facts about Autism.

→ Vaccines do not cause autism.

→ Autism is a deficit in a kiddos language skills.   Specifically, autism manifests as a deficit in receptive language or expressive language. The term Autism Spectrum Disorder has replaced the term Autism.

→Autism spectrum disorder is defined by defects in impairment in socialization, restricted/repetitive behavior, and impairment in communication.

→Intervening  early and intensively is key to treatment. It should be done by trained applied behavioral analysts affiliated with a medical group. It should NOT be done by isolation, changing foods, and other fad diets.

→ A child with autism starts showing signs  around 12 months of age by showing impairment in communication.

→It is hard for parents and doctors to judge impairment in communication. Let’s be honest, we communicate better some days than others. Just remember the last time one of our spouses were exiled to “the couch.”

→A child’s brain develops by pruning. Similar to how we prune a hedge. It’s argued that “autistic” kids don’t prune early in life.

→The  inability to show “joint attention” is the core symptom of autism and is a more concrete way to identify  “communication” impairments.

→Joint attention is best explained by this analogy:  a kiddo points to a cloud. He really digs that cloud. He then, looks at you or dad–he signals,  makes a noise, or says a word to get your interest. AND, then, the child wants you to see that groovy cloud. That is joint attention is a nutshell.

→The inability to see, express interest, and share that interest is very telling of autism spectrum disorder.

→In the near future, head circumference might be one of the first screening tools for the  indication of autism.

→Autism’s incidence is growing because we now have screening tools to recognize and diagnose it.

→The Academy of Pediatrics now recommends autism screening for ALL children from between 18 and 24 months of age.

If  your doctor doesn’t screen your child, ask them nicely.  If your doctor still doesn’t, get another doctor.

→Kiddos should be screened earlier than 18 months if they have a sibling with autism, aren’t talking by age 1, have a family history of any auto-immune diseases, or, if, they have a family history of any psychiatric disease.

→Autism is a diagnosis that now forces Commercial and Medicaid Insurance to pay for treatment by specialists. It was recently passed and is rightfully called the “autism insurance bill.”

→Most Commercial insurances and Medicaid now reimburse doctors for this screening test, MCHAT. It is politically correct to educate your doctor from reputed academic sources, not necessarily from what ya may have  heard on da street.

→By, that I mean: Jenny McCarthy.

→If, Mr Rodgers were still around, he’d surely not like Jenny McCarthy. But, I’m sure, he’d have a classy way of describing his opinion of her. I have yet to gain that skill.

Please note: the above does not replace medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment of your doctor.