Dr. Mottron must surely be disappointed that US states are moving to provide insurance coverage for autism treatments that he and his mentor Michelle Dawson opposed at the Supreme Court of Canada in the Auton case where she intervened as an "autistic" in an effort to prevent the British Columbia government from being required to fund ABA treatment for autistic children. (Dawson's request for intervenor status was backed by Dr. Motton's affidavit in support).
The American Academy of Pediatrics and experts are referenced in the BuffaloNews article supporting early treatment for autism:
"The American Academy of Pediatrics says that there is no cure for autism-related disorders but that children, with treatment, can progress and learn new skills. Experts say early diagnosis is key to helping improve conditions for children afflicted with autism. "
The AAP has previously given clear guidance on effective treatments for autism:
The effectiveness of ABA-based intervention in ASDs has been well documented through 5 decades of research by using single-subject methodology21,25,27,28 and in controlled studies of comprehensive early intensive behavioral intervention programs in university and community settings.29–40 Children who receive early intensive behavioral treatment have been shown to make substantial, sustained gains in IQ, language, academic performance, and adaptive behavior as well as some measures of social behavior, and their outcomes have been significantly better than those of children in control groups.31–4
American Academy of Pediatrics, Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The AAP 2007 report Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders was reaffirmed by the AAP in September 2010
AAP Publications Retired and Reafﬁrmed
Clinical Report: Dealing With the Parent Whose Judgment Is Impaired byAlcohol or Drugs: Legal and Ethical Considerations. Pediatrics. 2004;114(3):869 – 873. Reafﬁrmed September 2010
Clinical Report: Identiﬁcation and Evaluation of Children With AutismSpectrum Disorders. Pediatrics. 2007;120(5):1183–1215. ReafﬁrmedSeptember 2010
Clinical Report: Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Pediatrics. 2007:120(5):1162–1182. Reafﬁrmed September 2010
Unfortunately in Canada the views of Dr. Laurent Mottron and his mentor Michelle Dawson concerning ABA treatment of autism disorders hold great sway with the government of Prime Minister Harper which invited them to the national autism symposiums from which Canadian ABA advocates were banned despite having fought for a national autism strategy which led to the symposiums.
In Canada the fight for ABA coverage for autism disorders continues though and determined parents and professionals will not give up. Although the mainstream media loves the feel good picture of autism created by Neurodiversity ideologues like Mottron and Dawson a history of the struggle for treatment for our autistic children can be found online at Medicare's Orphans .