There are a number of very high functioning persons claiming to be autistic or claiming to have a “syndrome” or “different way of thinking”. Autism is a difference not a disorder they cry out in anger against all efforts to find treatments and cures, such efforts usually led by parents and family members . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM or ICD, Either Way Autism is a DISORDER, or Group of Disorders, Not "Just a Difference"
My younger son will be 18 this month. He is severely autistic, with intellectual disability, and suffers from seizures for which he receives medication. He was diagnosed with an autistic disorder the day after his second birthday. The diagnosis was made after several months of testing and observation. Since my son’s diagnosis the defining . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Intense World Theory Of Autism? Or Just More Intense, Harmful Speculation?
Photo by Harold L Doherty Edward Ritvo-Susan Swedo Shootout at the IMFAR Corral, Sheraton, Toronto, May 18, 2012
The year 2013 will be remembered as the year the simplified DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder definition was imposed on a very complex and diverse group of disorders and/or symptoms. Catherine Lord, Susan Swedo and other members of the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 2013: The Year Of Autism’s Grand Error, The DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder
“The fifth edition of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5) (APA in diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, Author, Washington, 2013) has decided to merge the subtypes of pervasive developmental disorders into a single category of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on the assumption that they cannot be reliably differentiated . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM-5 Autism Emperors’ Ridiculous Assumption
“Autism Spectrum Disorder Must meet criteria A, B, C, and D: A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts, not accounted for by general developmental delays, and manifest by all 3 of the following:” Autism annual reviews have been published by a number of sources most of which ignored or mis-characterized the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Autism 2012: Disaster for the Autism Spectrum’s Intellectually Disabled
Concerns have been raised in Australia over the DSM-5 Autism Do-Over, the new Autism Spectrum Disorder. The fears echo those held by many in North America where studies have suggested a loss of autism diagnoses under the new DSM-5 diagostic criteria for autism with a possible loss of funding for autism treatment and services. . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: DSM5 Autism Do-Over Raises Concerns Down Under, Yeah?
Autism researcher bias exists and its effect, when the DSM-5 takes effect in 2013, will further the redefinition of autism as social awkwardness and the exclusion from the autism spectrum of persons with severe intellectual disabilities.
David Kupfer, M.D., chair of the DSM-5 Task Force, has stated that “the proposed ASD criteria are backed . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Researcher Bias and the Targeted Exclusion of Intellectually Disabled in the DSM-5 Autism Do-Over
Edward Ritvo-Susan Swedo Shootout at the IMFAR Corral, Sheraton, Toronto Photo by Harold L Doherty, May 18, 2012
Dr. Susan Swedo of the DSM5 autism committee presented a defense of the proposed DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder twice yesterday at IMFAR in Toronto. After the second presentation I jumped up to the mike and asked . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Ritvo Swedo DSM5 Autism Shootout At The IMFAR Corral
Autism Advocate Ari Ne’eman Speaking At the National Press Club My son’s severe Autistic Disorder is not the same autism disorder as Mr. Ne’eman’s.
The DSM5 autism do-over, the New Autism Spectrum Disorder, will come into effect in 2013. There is a further opportunity to offer public comment about the radical changes . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM5’s Most Fundamental Flaw? Combining The Autism Disorders Into One Disorder
Why has the APA decided that the DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder should eliminate or substantially reduce the numbers of persons with ASD who are intellectually disabled? The removal from an ASD diagnosis of persons with ID will be accomplished by the express wording of Mandatory Criterion A of the DSM-5’s New Autism . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Research Bias and the DSM-5 Autism Do-Over Exclusion of Those with Intellectual Disabilities
Swedish Flag by Matti Mattila A major Swedish study offers uncomfortable news to the DSM-5 team trying to pretend there is no relationship between autism and the intellectual disability which affects the vast majority of those with classic Autistic Disorder. It will also be disconcerting to those who devoutly believe that autism is 100% . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism, Intellectual Disability & Environment: Children of Immigrants in Sweden At Greater Risk of Developing Autism with Intellectual Disability
When I first pointed out that the DSM-5 New Autism Disorder would exclude intellectually disabled I was ignored by most, insulted and mocked by others. Some were annoyed. When Catherine Lord confessed that the intellectually disabled were the real target for exclusion very few mentioned the exclusion of the intellectually disabled from the DSM-5 . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Volkmar Says Many Intellectually Disabled May Be Excluded from DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
Catherine Lord, and her highly influential views about autism and intellectual disability seem to have changed a bit since the 2003 article published below and the DSM-5 Autism Do-Over which will be published in 2013. For those who quibble over the reference to 2013 as being “now” they should know that Dr. Lord and . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Intellectual Disability and the DSM-5 Autism Do-Over: Catherine Lord Then (2003) and Now (2013)
What exactly is Autism Awareness and what does it accomplish?
Can anyone, Autism Speaks, or any other autism organization, say with a straight face that they are promoting autism awareness when the official criteria for determining what autism is, or is not, changes every 15-20 years? Can anyone say what autism is . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: What Does Autism Awareness Mean As The Great DSM-5 Autism Do-Over Approaches?
Canada’s Globe & Mail is late to the discussion, once again, of major autism issues. This time, Parents of autistic kids fear diagnostic changes will mean reduced services, the Globe is parroting the concerns of the major US corporate media over the possible impact of the DSM-5’s New Autism Spectrum Disorder on persons with Asperger’s . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM-5 Autism: Globe & Mail Ignores Invisible Intellectually Disabled Autistics, Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp’s Vast Majority
On July 17 2011 I made a submission to the Neurodevelopmental Disorders DSM Work Group of the American Psychiatric Association. My submission dealt at length with the exclusionary language added to Mandatory Criterion A of the DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder, language which targets for exclusion from autism diagnosis of persons with intellectual disability.
Since . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: APA Ignores Concern Over DSM Autism Exclusion of Intellectually Disabled
I have great respect for Kim Oakley a California mother who has been honestly and courageously documenting her severely autistic son’s self-injurious behavior on Youtube, Classic Autism kgaccount’s channel, for several years. Within the past year she has also begun a blog, Autism, Epilepsy and Self-Injurious Behavior, on which she presents her views on autism . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM-5 Autistic Spectrum Disorder Disaster By Kim Oakley Should Be Mandatory Reading For The DSM-5 Committees
DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder Will Exclude Autism’s Vast Majority Of Intellectually Disabled While the New York Times, the CBC and other mainstream media giants debate the DSM5’s potential exclusion of high functioning autistic persons from autism diagnosis barely a whisper is heard about the express exclusion of autism’s vast majority of intellectually disabled. The exclusion of . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Not Accounted For By General Developmental Delays: In DSM-5 Era Life for Autism’s Invisible Vast Majority Is About To Get Much Harder
“Catherine Lord, the director of the Institute for Brain Development at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and a member of the committee overseeing the [DSM-5 autism] revisions, said that the goal was to ensure that autism was not used as a “fallback diagnosis” for children whose primary trait might be, for instance, an intellectual disability or . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Catherine Lord Confesses: DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder Intended To Exclude Intellectually Disabled
The abstract following is for the article Testing the Construct Validity of Proposed Criteria for DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder, authors William P.L. Mandy, D.Clin.Psy., Tony Charman, Ph.D., David H. Skuse, M.D.Accepted 21 October 2011. published online 05 December 2011. The study participants were 708 children and young persons who had mild to severe autistic difficulties. The . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Study Confirms DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder Excludes Low Functioning, Intellectually Disabled Autistics
One of the great DSM-5 puzzles to this father of a severely autistic son is the use of the label Autism Spectrum Disorder to describe what appears to be little more than a tweaked version of the DSM-IV’s Asperger’s Disorder. The APA’s DSM-5 team has replaced Autism with Aspergers, removed the most seriously intellectually disabled . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Asperger’s Spectrum Disorder in the DSM-5: Why the Concealment?
FOX News has published a report, Some Experts Worried Over Revised Autism Guidelines, in which two autism experts, Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and Fox News contributor, and Dr. Thomas Frazier, who treats children with autism at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, express their concerns about the possible impact of the DSM-5`s new . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: FOX News Autism Experts Worry About DSM5 Impact on High Functioning Autistic Children, No Concern for Low Functioning Autistic Children
If you have been to this blog before you know that I talk about autism as a disorder not as an advantage. If someone does not have any deficits in daily functioning ability then, by everything I have read in the DSM’s, and in materials written by psychologists, psychiatrists and pediatricians working with, and . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Advantage? NO! Conor Advantage? YES!
In the DSM-5 the new Autism Spectrum Disorder will, for the most part focus on those with Aspergers’ and high functioing autism. The vast majority of those with Autistic Disorder who are also intellectually disabled will be excluded. This is clear fro… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder: 3 Domains Become 2 and Exclude Intellectually Disabled