The DSM5 is certainly open to criticism; particularly in its combining of the pervasive developmental disorders into one Autism Spectrum Disorder ignoring the very large numbers of persons with DSM-IV Autistic Disorder who also suffer from Intellectual Disability. One point which did make sense in the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic criteria though is the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM5 ASD Criterion D: No Clinically Signifcant Impairment in Current Functioning = No Autism
The Seinfeld-Descartes Autism Diagnostic Tool: I Think I Am Autistic Therefore I Am Autistic
Many, especially many with very, very high functioning autism diagnoses have embraced Jerry Seinfeld’s new test for autism “conditions” one that the great comic borrowed from philosopher Rene Descartes: “I think I am autistic, therefore I am autistic“. . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: The Seinfeld-Descartes Autism Diagnostic Tool: "I think I am Autistic therefore I am Autistic"
Associated Morbidity and Mortality
Health care utilization and costs are substantially higher for children and adolescents with ASDs compared with children without ASDs,89–91 and available data suggest that mortality is increased as well (standardized mortality ratio: 2.4–2.6).92,93 The increased mortality in ASDs is thought to be largely, but not completely, accounted for . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Time To Divide The Heterogeneous DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder and Free the Invisible, Severely Autistic From Oppression
The Autism Action Network reports, in It started: DSM5 used to revoke autism diagnosis, that the revoking of autism diagnoses under the DSM5 regime and the resulting denial of services and educational placements for people with autism disorders has begun. Here in Canada the Childrens’ Hospital of Eastern Ontario, CHEO, has excluded from its . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Action Network: It Started: DSM5 Used To Revoke Autism Diagnosis
Questions and answers about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) Online Q&ASeptember 2013 Q: Do persons with autism always suffer from intellectual disability? A: The level of intellectual functioning is extremely variable in persons with ASD, ranging from profound impairment to superior non-verbal cognitive skills. It is estimated that around 50% of persons with ASD also . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 50% Some WHO Autism Awareness: Autism and Intellectual Disability 50%
“Dr. Lynn Waterhouse @autismideasfail 6 Sep http://bit.ly/17WbZVi #autism gene AUTS2 tied to dyslexia ADHD epilepsy ID motor delay microcephaly MORE SYMPTOMS should be part of ASD DX”
The above Tweet by Dr. Lynn Waterhouse, author of Rethinking Autism: Variation and Complexity, who also worked with Dr. Lorna Wing on the APA DSM-III-R diagnostic criteria for autism, should be . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: #autism gene AUTS2 tied to dyslexia ADHD epilepsy ID motor delay microcephaly MORE SYMPTOMS should be part of ASD DX
In “The new definition of autism” CBC News provides detailed descriptions of autism as represented by the five pervasive developmental disorders in the DSM-IV and the Autism Spectrum Disorder in the now published DSM5. With one major exception the article is a good summary of autism disorders pre and post DSM5. On another . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: CBC News Misrepresents Autism By Omitting Any Reference to Intellectual Disability
The DSM5 has been released and is now beginning to impact the world of autism. Most discussion of the DSM5’s New Autism Spectrum Disorder has ignored the effect of the language of mandatory criterion A which will act to exclude from autism diagnosis those with severe intellectual disability. Most of the discussion has . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder Has Arrived: Are Ari Ne’eman and John Elder Robison Still Autistic?
Left – Transforming Diagnosis Insel
Right – NIMH Is Not Abandoning the DSM Insel.
In Transforming Diagnosis NIMH Director Thomas Insel said that the DSM was invalid, based on an antiquated system of diagnosis and …. patients deserve better. Then he retreated, tried to hide and claimed that people were misrepresenting . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dr. Tom Insel’s Shameful DSM Retreat
The pictures above were initially posted on this site on May 26, 2012, several months before Conor’s 1st known Grand Mal Seizure in November. As I posted then, external conditions were perfect and Conor was enjoying a favorite activity in a favorite location when he suddenly began hitting himself in the head. I don’t . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and Seizures: Conor’s Second Grand Mal Seizure (That We Know Of)
Intellectual Disability remains the Elephant in the Autism Living Room;no one wants to admit it’s there or to talk about it It is politically incorrect in today’s autism world to acknowledge the existence of the invisible autistics, the one’s unlike Ari Ne’eman, John Elder Robison, Alex Plank and Michelle Dawson all of who whom have . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Speaks Reluctantly Confesses: 40% Of Persons On Autism Spectrum Have Intellectual Disability
If past is prologue very little awareness of the harsher realities of autism symptoms will be generated on this WAAD, April 2, 2013. Next year, in 2014, and for years thereafter, the streamlined DSM5 autism will also eliminate many on the very high functioning and low functioning ends of the autism spectrum. It is . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: World Autism Awareness Day 2014
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr EECD/NBACL Event Focus on Inclusion: Walking in our shoes. Minister Carr spoke for 40 minutes, repeating the word inclusion 30 – 40 times but never mentioning evidence based accommodation of individual needs and challenges
Premier David Alward’s government has transferred control over New Brunswick education policies and . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: New Brunswick’s Extreme Inclusion Fantasy Harms Some Children With Severe Autism Challenges
If you believe IACC Neurodiversity advocates present and past, Ari Ne’eman and Matthew Carey, autism is not something that should be cured. You won’t see much about the harsher aspects of life with autism disorders if you read their writings. In their view autism is nothing more than a different way of thinking, . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: The Harsh Reality End of the Autism Spectrum
TPGA guru Shannon Des Roches Rosa (SDDR) is aghast and angry because Slate.com has dared publish “Is the Neurodiversity (ND) Movement Misrepresenting Autism?“, a gentle critique by autism parent Amy S.F. Lutz, of the harmful, irrational Neurodiversity ideology embraced by the leaders of the ironically named “Thinking” Person’s Guide to Autism. Self labelled . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: TPGA Aghast and Angry: Slate Dares Print Autism Parent Critique of Neurodiversity Ideology
Although Frank Farley makes his comments about the DSM5 and the state of academic psychology in a CBS interview in an understated, diplomatic manner the comments should give reason to pause for anyone interested in autism and other psychology issues given his former status as American Psychological Association president: “Frank Farley, a Temple University . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Professional and Scholarly Concern About the Science Behind the DSM5
Autism Specifics Press Release, April 1, 2020:
Autism Specifics President “Aristotle” Newman and ASAN President Dr. Jerry Dobson will be jointly reflecting today on important events in the autism world during the past year.
1. First anniversary of DSM5.13 This year marked the first year since the DSM5 that a revised edition . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Autism Awareness Day April 1, 2020
Autism diagnoses have been increasing at incredible rates. Within the past two decades estimates of the numbers of persons diagnosed with autism has increased from 1 in 500 to 1 in 250 to 1 in 110 to 1 in 88. Those are startling numbers to this humble, unsophisticated mind. Yet to many in the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Are All Epidemiological Autism Studies Flawed?
The American Psychiatric Association’s passage of the DSM5 and its New Autism Spectrum Disorder was passed Saturday December 1, 2012 without any of the mainstream media taking noting of the real targets, the real victims of the new Autism de… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Congratulations "Dr." Catherine Lord! APA’s DSM5 Autism Targeted Exclusion of Intellectually Disabled Passed December 1, 2012.
If you believe the DSM5 Neurodevelopmental committee responsible for expressly removing those with Intellectual Disability from the new, oversimplified Autism Spectrum Disorder when they claim that exclusion is based on current science you may wan… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: DSM5 Autism Exclusion of ID? Study Finds Single Gene Mutation Known To Cause Intellectual Disability Increases Risk of Autism Disorders
“If you’ve met one person with autism – you’ve met one person with autism.” Stephen Shore The succinct and famous quote by Stephen Shore about the variation and complexity of autism disorders is cited often and just as often ig… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Autism 2013: Insel’s Autisms or the Oversimplified DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Four years ago, in Autism’s Outcasts, I wrote about the exclusion from public consciousness, and from autism research, of those with autism and intellectual disabilities. I am re-posting the research portion of Autism’s Outcasts below. The comment overall talks about the media tendency, as demonstrated at that time by CBC and CNN, to exclude the harsher . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Autism Research Bias, Autism’s Outcasts And The DSM5 Autism Do-Over: Shame on the APA
In Autism diagnosis change questioned by York University study Toronto Star Science & Technology Reporter Kate Allen interviews Dr. Adrienne Perry and York University undergraduate student, Azin Taheri, about a study designed by Taheri, with assistance from Dr. Perry, which had been intended to look at how the new DSM-5 criteria applied to . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: York University Study Joins Ranks Of Those Raising Questions About The DSM5 Autism Do-Over
Conor Shows Off His New Shave and Haircut Nothing wrong with bribery if it helps us get Conor to sit still for a shave and haircut! That’s what happened this long weekend when I bribed Conor to accept a shave and haircut by indicating first shave and haircut then back to school, the school . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Bribery! First Shave & Haircut for Conor THEN Back to So Called "Segregated" School