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 ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Catherine Lord Confesses: DSM-5 Autism Spectrum Disorder Intended To Exclude Intellectually Disabled

“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 aggression.” [Bracketed ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Will DSM5 Result In Some Very High Functioning Autism Personalities Losing Their Autism Disorder Diagnoses?

I have a son with a DSM-IV Autistic Disorder diagnosis who is also assessed with profound developmental “delays”.  I have expressed my concerns on several occasions about the terms of category A of the new Autism Spectrum Disorder in the DSM5: A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts, not accounted for ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Language Level and Cognitive Function Recognized As Affecting Autism Disorder Severity

In Diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders Lack Reliability Pysch Central senior news editor Rick Naubert Ph.D., (article reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psych D) reports on a new study by Catherine Lord, Ph.D. and  colleagues that examined the relationship between autism diagnoses and behavioral appearances at 12 university sites.  The found that clinical distinctions among ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: The Mottron Mantra: Autism Is An Advantage Not A Disorder

The DLM5:   Dr. Laurent Mottron’s Diagnostic  and Statistical Manual of Mental Advantages If you authored or coauthored several journal articles a year over many years, involving high functioning, highly intelligent persons with autism and surrounded yourself with very intelligent, high functioning autistic researchers would they influence your perception of autism? In the case of ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM5 Combining Autisms into One Autism Disorder: Why?

It is common place today to refer to autism(s), plural, rather than autism, singular.  So why is the DSM5 combing the autisms into one Autism Spectrum Disorder? It is common in both professional and parent based discussions of autism to encounter comments like “if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Parents and Teachers Should Not Be Misled: Autism, For Now, Includes Those With Intellectual Disability

Stephanie of Autism and Oughtisms has posted a guest comment on the site Teaching the Teachers, Educating an Autistic Child is an Opportunity,  in which, like many other parents and professionals, she includes a commentary which distances autism disorders from intellectual disability: “There is nothing inherent in autism as a condition, that limits a child’s ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: What is Severe Autism?

What is severe autism?  Kim Oakley asks the question rhetorically before answering it in Silent Alarm. I strongly recommend anyone who wants to know what severe autism is read this latest comment by someone who has dealt with severe autism first hand, someone who knows what she is talking about: Parents of severely-autistic children have ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM-5 Autism Shell Game

WordNet Dictionary   Noun 1. shell game – a swindling sleight-of-hand game; victim guesses which of three things a pellet is under Synonyms: thimblerig The DSM-5 treatment of autism amounts to little more than a shell game with autism, which once referred essentially to autistic disorder being replaced with Asperger’s Disorder.  Look at the description of A 09 Autism Spectrum Disorder in the DSM-5 which is referred to in the DSM-5 ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and Intellectual Disability in the DSM5: My Submission to the DSM5 Neurodevelopmental Disorders Work Group

July 17 2011 Neurodevelopmental Disorders DSM Work Group American Psychiatric Association Dear NDD Work Group Members I am the father of a 15 year old son diagnosed at age 2 with Autistic Disorders and assessed with profound developmental delays conditions which severely restrict his everyday functioning. He requires, and will require, 24/7 adult supervision. Since ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Confirmation DSM-5’s New Autism Spectrum Disorder Will Exclude Intellectually Disabled

I have written previously that persons who presently have autistic disorder or PDD-NOS and who are also intellectually disabled will be removed from the DSM-5’s New Autism Spectrum Disorder. Whereas those with intellectual disability once constituted autism’s vast majority as described by CDC autism expert Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp the 1994 addition of Asperger’s Disorder reduced their numerical ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Research: Which "Autism" Is Being Studied?

Neuron, Cover Page, 23 June, 2011 Volume 70, Issue 6 The abstract for the study Disrupted Neural Synchronization in Toddlers with Autism,  reported in the current issue of Neuron, indicates that autism is tied to disrupted cortical synchronization, weak “functional connectivity” across two hemispheres of the brain: ” we show that disrupted synchronization is evident ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Low Functioning Autistic Persons Remain Invisible on CNN and in the DSM-5’s New Autism Spectrum Disorder

Elizabeth Landau, a CNN Health writer/producer, mentions briefly the DSM-5’s New Autism Spectrum Disorder, in a report on the organizational changes in the DSM-5 in Psychiatry ‘bible’ structure overhauled. Ms. Landau’s discussion of changes in the DSM autism classification focuses exclusively on the impact the formal inclusion of Asperger’s syndrome in Autistic Disorder will have ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Should Grinker and Co’s Flawed South Korean Autism Study be Taken Seriously?

The newly reported autism study from South Korea with its “shocking” 1 in 38 autism rates figure doesn’t make much sense. As reported in the Boston Globe: “Roy Richard Grinker, a cultural anthropologist at George Washington University who worked on the study, said his own child with autism would probably function very well in such ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Research After the DSM5? At Least Grinker Will Be Happy

Will the DSM5 render meaningless all autism research to date? Will the DSM5 make it impossible to determine whether autism disorders are increasing or whether they are triggered or caused by environmental factors? The odds are good, given the difficulties in answering these questions resulting from the expansion of “autism” disorders in the DSM-IV and ...