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Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: UNDERdiagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

A study presented at the IMFAR 2012 conference this spring in Toronto, Underdiagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilies, seems to provide evidence contradicting the widely propagated assertion that the DSM-IV era has seen autism incorrectly diagnosed as a substitute  diagnosis in many cases of intellectual disability.  Roeyrs and Thys actually conclude that autism is UNDER diagnosed in a large study of persons with intellectual disability.   If the study results are confirmed it seems likely  the harmful impact of the express, and intentional,  targeting for exclusion of severe intellectually disabled from the DSM5 autism spectrum . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: UNDERdiagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: After IMFAR Some Green Therapy

My 4 days at IMFAR 2012 in Toronto were an incredible experience. After 4 days spent largely inside a hotel though I was in need of some “therapy”. Yesterday I hit the trails for some outdoor Conor time.  Felt great.   Today more time outdoors enjoying the green city  of Fredericton and its surroundings.  Green therapy works every time.  I should have asked Ilanit Gordon Ph.D. of oxytocin fame to do some fMRI scans to get my baseline measurements at the end of the IMFAR conference and then do some more today after a couple of good outings on the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: After IMFAR Some Green Therapy

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Walking With Conor After IMFAR Autism Research Convention

IMFAR was quite an experience.  Very intense. Learned lots, saw lots and met some interesting people. Spent a lot more time indoors then I usually would at this time of year though.  I was glad to get back to Fredericton and get outdoors  walking with Conor today.  And we did lots of walking.  Conor had missed his old Dad while I was gone and his Mom managed the situation by having him check off each day that I was gone on the list above including this morning when he woke up.  He checked Sunday off the list and we hit . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Walking With Conor After IMFAR Autism Research Convention

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Ritvo Swedo DSM5 Autism Shootout At The IMFAR Corral

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 about the exclusion of Intellectually Disabled under the exclusion wording “not otherwise accounted for by general developmental delays” in the wording for Mandatory Criterion A social communication categories. I was advised that some but not all ID would be excluded.  A couple more questioners approached the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Ritvo Swedo DSM5 Autism Shootout At The IMFAR Corral

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM5 Autism Day At IMFAR 2012: Swedo Confirms Some Intellectually Disabled Will Be Excluded from DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder

Today was DSM5 Autism Do-Over Day at IMFAR 2012.  Dr. Susan Swedo, head of the DSM5 committee that drafted the DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder, spoke twice today, once at a stakeholder’s luncheon  and afterwards  at an oral presentation in the Grand Ballroom.  Dr. Swedo replied to my questions after the second presentation and indicated that the DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder will exclude some, though not all, intellectually disabled from an ASD diagnosis. I attended both events but did not have an opportunity to question Dr. Swedo during the luncheon as the event was simply running out of time. During the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM5 Autism Day At IMFAR 2012: Swedo Confirms Some Intellectually Disabled Will Be Excluded from DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Intellectual Disability At IMFAR: Underdiagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Persons with Intellectual Disability

It comes as no surprise but very little is said  about Intellectual Disability at the IMFAR 2012 autism research convention oral presentations.  Prominent autism experts, including Catherine Lord, have noted in the past that intellectually disabled autistics are under represented in autism studies.  This is true even though the vast majority of persons with Autistic Disorder have intellectual disabilities.  The exclusion of the intellectually disabled from autism research reflects the challenges presented by working with low functioning, severely autistic, intellectually disabled subjects.  None of the oral presentations to date focused on the intellectually disabled autistics or discussed issues specific to

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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Reality NB at IMFAR 2012 in Toronto, Canada

I am off tomorrow morning, very early tomorrow morning, for the IMFAR 2012 convention in Toronto.  I am very excited to be attending and blogging courtesy of Autism Speaks, Autism Speaks Canada, Dana Marnane and Suzanne Lanthier.  It was a tough day today though. Conor knows Dad won’t be home for a few days and he has been a bit agitated.  This afternoon I received a call from the good people at the Leo Hayes High School that Conor was not having a good afternoon. They thought it better that he stay at school until his regular departure time though . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Reality NB at IMFAR 2012 in Toronto, Canada