Yesterday, we were introduced to two new culprits of the greatest fallacy of a generation, Dr. Paul Steinburg and Benjamin Nugent. What is this great fallacy? That Asperger’s Syndrome is nothing more than a social disability that any quirky nerd can fit into. Afterall, every quirky nerd has difficulties in social interaction and usually a preoccupation in particular subject areas.
The fallacies continue to include that nonverbal Autistics are mentally retarded. That “Aspies” when put with “real Autistic” students have lowered self-esteem. That “real Autistics” fail to gain receptive and expressive speech. That no Autistic can have positive outcomes in life, be a police officer, learn to cope with their surroundings.… Read more.
BEFORE YOU READ ANYTHING ELSE:
Dr. Lord said that the study numbers are probably exaggerated because the research team relied on old data, collected by doctors who were not aware of what kinds of behaviors the proposed definition requires. “It’s not that the behaviors didn’t exist, but that they weren’t even asking about them — they wouldn’t show up at all in the data,” Dr. Lord said.
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***WARNING: LONG POST IS LONG. IF IT’S TL;DR, I UNDERSTAND. THE ABOVE IS THE MOST RELEVANT PART.***
Yesterday’s NYTimes article is definitely not the worst propaganda to come out about how we’re either overdiagnosing, or how DSM-V will kill kittens, or how it’s all about the money, but it seems to have created the largest response I’ve seen yet.… Read more.
The following is a Call for Papers, as the title says. However, I am not calling on any parent to submit a proposal. I’m specifically asking that Autistic parents of Autistic teens or adults think about submitting a proposal. If you feel you need help submitting a proposal, please let me know and I’ll be happy to either help you myself or connect you with someone who would be willing to help you.
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: Narrative Symposium: Parenting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders During the Transition to Adulthood
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
A Journal of Qualitative Research
Edited by Kelly Dineen, JD, RN & Margaret Bultas, PhD, RN, CPNPPC
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish an issue devoted to personal stories of parenting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) during the transition to adulthood.… Read more.
I DO NOT SUPPORT AGE OF AUTISM
Edited for my glaring mistake. (Reversed names)
I felt it was needed to place that disclaimer at the top as I know the title could lead one to believe I support them. I went for the sole purpose of planting the seed of doubt in parents who may have been on the fence. I had 3 invites on Facebook to go, so I took the opportunity even if it meant my sanity (lol, just kidding!).
Dan Olmstead started by talking about Occam’s Razor. For those that don’t know, Occam’s Razor:
is a principle which generally recommends selecting the competing hypothesis that makes the fewest new assumptions, when the hypotheses are equal in other respects.
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I do apologize for the delay in getting this out. I have been working hard unpacking, with physical therapy, at the boys’ school, and trying to find sources to get Daniel an iPad.
When we left off, I presented you with apps to help children with Special Needs. Some of the suggestions were for apps made specifically for this population, and others that are meant for general use. So I hope that you all found those apps useful.
Today is more for the Autistic parent reading this blog. These are apps I either use, or feel would be useful for people with other skills sets than myself.… Read more.