“Take, for instance, the notion that childhood
vaccines may be linked to disorders such as autism and diabetes. A 2011 report
by the Institute
of Medicine reviewed more
than 1,000 studies and found no connection between vaccines and autism or
diabetes. However, a Google search of the terms returns several pages on the
first screen that connect vaccination with all sorts of health problems.”
What really bothers reporter Eileen Schaps Stein is the
fact that after two decades of the press telling us “studies show no link,”
people don’t believe them. She can only blame Google for spreading
“It’s no secret that rates of psychiatric conditions like autism and
attention-deficit disorder have spiraled upward in recent years—increases that
have sparked an intense debate about where to draw the line between what’s
considered “normal” behavior and what’s not.”
On Dec 30, the Globe
published, It was by Kevin Hartnett.
Hartnett made the
claim here was that there are so many kids with autism today, it’s hard to know
what’s the new “normal.”
Now, a week later,
Kevin Hartnett is again in the Boston Globe. Different story, longer, but it
includes the same thing on the DSM—exact same text. WHY? Is it just to
condition everyone that the DSM5 is going to be a heated topic? Notice that he
cites Allen Frances saying that the new DSM “creates psychiatric conditions
where none really exist.” BUT, he doesn’t tell us that they’re doing the exact
opposite with autism. In fact, he makes it sound like there’s over-diagnosing
of autism right at the beginning with the lame line about “increases that have
sparked an intense debate about where to draw the line between what’s
considered ‘normal’ behavior and what’s not.”
As long as we see
autism talked about in stories about “psychiatric conditions” and no one is
ever worried, our children will never really matter.
Igliori is the owner of iFlextrain Fitness for Autism Gym in Newbury Park.
prompted you to start your own business? I took this past summer off to
re-evaluate my line of work and look into starting something that matters. I
spent time with my friend Daniel, who is 18 and a recent high school graduate.
I watched him as he had nothing to do, so I started working out with Daniel.
That's the "Aha" moment! I loved it and, more importantly, he loved
it. I have owned and operated many businesses over the years, but Fitness for
Autism is by far the most fulfilling and fun of all my ventures….
“How much research did you do before starting your business? I've
been involved with a growing child with autism spectrum disorder and seen
firsthand the lack of opportunities for teens and adults with ASD. I talked
with occupational therapists, special teachers and recreational therapists. I
also completed online research about ASD, fitness training and talking with and
seeing what others had to say.”
see…libraries with ASD story times, autism friendly movies and even a Broadway
play, sensory Santas and swimming lessons for kids with autism. I’ve read about
special church services for families with autistic kids. I fully expect
“autism/special needs sections” at family restaurants and special hours at
barber shops and beauty shops for autistic kids.
we are aware.
we are accommodating.
what in the world is happening here? We’re recognizing the market potential
because there are so many of these children everywhere. There are continually
stories are there about a new autism center opening somewhere---and they say
it’s because of the rising rate. We’re all now so brainwashed into LIVING WITH
AUTISM---NO QUESTIONS ASKED that we’re calmly watching autism overtake a
generation of kids. It’s insane that no one is scared.
Collins refused to sign her son's Individualized Education Program because she
doesn't agree with his placement.
of Gary, has a
son who has an autism spectrum disorder. He is a Jefferson Elementary School
sixth-grader in a class geared to students with emotional disabilities.
didn't sign his IEP because I don't agree with his placement," Collins
said. ‘He needs to be with students who are more like him. ... I do believe his
teacher is working hard with him and I see some improvement, but I'd still like
to see someone working with him who has a specialty in autism.’…
“She said about 20 percent of Gary's student population, just fewer than
8,000 students, are in special education; 99 of those are in the preschool
program at Bethune.
improvement occurs over time in Gary's
special education program, Fidishin said another of her goals is to improve the
district's ability to identify and help as early as possible students who need
special education services.
intend to put out a mass media effort in our childfind screening process,’ she
said. ‘We want to alert everyone in the community when we hold the screening
for developmental disabilities. It's a way to capture the children in the
community who need assistance and do our part legally and ethically.’"
I started reading this story which cited a student with autism
being put in an emotionally disabled room at the beginning. And later on, the
story tells us that TWENTY PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS ARE IN SPECIAL ED. Does that
bother anyone? Obviously not. We told that they’re planning BETTER SCREENING so
they can find all the disabled kids early.
the comments………….. This was my favorite.
looking at this wrong? It seems to me that there more than the average amount
of special needs, disabled children. Is there a reason for that? If there is
now is the time to do something in the care of future, young and older women to
possibly prevent "special needs" births. Or at least lower the rate.”
“Autism Speaks, an organization founded in 2005 by Bob
and Suzanne Wright, recently awarded $4.8 million in grants to research
projects in environmental science, innovative small business work and studies
that range from basic and clinical initiatives to targeted investigation….
"’With this latest round of grants, Autism Speaks is
funding a wide scope of studies ranging from basic research to innovative
technologies to understanding autism across the lifespan,’ said chief science
officer Geri Dawson. ‘We extend our deep thanks to the donors who make this
possible and to the scientists who are our partners in this work.’
“Some of the research projects that will be funded through this round of
grant making include one by Lisa Croen of the Kaiser Permanente Division of
Research, who is studying a possible connection between autism risk factors and
air pollution and another by Craig Newschaffer, of Drexel University, who is
looking into a relationship between the condition and prenatal exposure to
flame retardant chemicals.”
AS is going to look into “understanding autism across the
lifespan.” I can’t wait to see them studying all the autistic adults in nursing
And as far as ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH goes, AS wants to see if
air pollution and prenatal exposure to flame retardants cause autism. I bet
that here….studies will show a link.
“Building on the progress for families of children with autism
established throughout his first term, President Obama signed a bill Thursday
expanding coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for military families through
TRICARE, the Pentagon's healthcare program….
“Coverage of ABA
services will be restricted to active duty members with annual benefits of
$36,000. This covers, on average, between five to ten hours of therapy, whereas
the recommended amount of therapy can be as high as 40 hours a week….
“Since only active duty members qualify for coverage, once a
service member leaves the service, whether voluntarily or because of injuries
sustained in the line of duty, ABA
coverage is terminated.
“Some service members have even re-enlisted after leaving the
military in order to maintain coverage for their children.”
how much will 5 to 10 hours of therapy do for a child who doesn’t speak or
interact with others?