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The kid’s autistic: the Generation Rescue website says so

Posted Jul 31 2009 9:59am

If I were good at being respectfully insolent, I might try to make a joke out of how Generation Rescue has changed into Generate Revenue over the past year or so.  Generation Rescue’s website now offers multiple ways for people to spend money. From “let’s go shopping” to the multiple “shopping affiliates”, a portion of everything you spend from supplements to saunas could go to Jenny McCarthy’s autism organization.

But insolence is best left to the pros.

Aside: there is a link to have a personally autographed copy of Jenny McCarthy’s latest book sent out. I resisted the temptation to spend $99 to have a copy sent to CHOP with the inscription, “Paul Offit! You Rock!”

See, I should leave the insolence to the pros.

So, back to the story, I saw an interesting link on the Generation Rescue main page recently:

Concerned your child might have autism? Take our survey

Click the link and you get to a survey:

CARD Autism Symptoms Questionaire (ASQ – BETA ) powered by: Generation Rescue

CARD being the “Center for Autism and Related Disorders”. They are an ABA group, headed by Doreen Granpeesheh, who also works at Thoughtful House (Andrew Wakefield’s clinic).

OK, I passed on the signed book, but I couldn’t resist the free survey.

I took the survey. I used information from a child I know very well; a child who is definitely not on the spectrum. Five minutes later I was surprised to find out that “A diagnosis of Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS, a mild version of autism) appears to be indicated.”

It wasn’t even close, according to the CARD /GR website.  Here are the results. The blue bar shows the results for the kid.  That bar is almost 6 times higher than the cutoff for PDD -NOS.  It’s also wider, what does that mean?

CARD/GR survey results (for non ASD kid)
A little internet searching and I found this disclaimer for the survey in a Generation Rescue email: “This is not a substitute for a formal diagnosis by a professional, but it is a free and accurate way of determining if a diagnosis is likely.”

Accurate?  A non ASD kid is shown to to be well into the PDD -NOS range, and that’s accurate?

That was just one kid, and perhaps PDD -NOS is “mild” enough to be a common “misdiagnosis” of the survey. A friend of mine took the survey too, again using information from a real, non ASD kid.  The results?  Autism is indicated. Not PDD -NOS, but Autism.

At least the survey results included a link to the Generation Rescue guide to recovery.  With luck, and a lot of supplements, chelation, saunas, HBOT, we might just be able to recover these (non ASD ) kids.

Maybe I can enter the recovery stories on the GR website to inspire others.

The reality of the situation is that this is no joking matter.  One major problem the California Department of Developmental Services ran into in recent years was early intervention groups who were both diagnosing and treating young “autistic” kids.  Funny thing, for some of the groups, none of the kids were eligible for services beyond age 3.

California is seeing big budget cuts to the Department of Developmental Services.  There is a very real possibility that groups are using inaccurate testing techniques to “diagnose” kids with ASD ’s and then doing tens of thousands of dollars in possibly unwarranted therapies.   We just don’t have the money to throw away like that.  We never did.

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