Monday, June 08, 2009

Montreal Gazette Speaks Up For Autistic Children

With few exceptions the mainstream media coverage of autism disorders has been abysmal. Even now many in the MSM can do little more than engage in a feeding frenzy over Oprah Winfrey's presentation of health issues including autism disorders. Seldom is concern for how to actually help autistic children or adults reflected in the popular press. Seldom are straightforward facts such as the long proven efficacy of ABA in helping autistic children overcome, in whole or in part, their autistic deficits been mentioned in the MSM. Yesterday the Montreal Gazette spoke up for autistic children and did it well.

In Autistic children deserve better the Gazette argued that the Quebec government of Liberal Premier Jean Charest should amend a piece of legislation, Bill 21, dealing with changes to various legislative rules in the field of mental health and human relations by permitting psychologists specially trained in autism to diagnose and treat persons with autism. Here in New Brunswick psychologists already diagnose and treat autism disorders. In making this argument the Gazette also pointed out that The American Academy of Pediatrics states that "the intensive treatment, known as Applied Behavioral Analysis, is now of "well-documented" effectiveness as a medical treatment" a point seldom made by the mainstream media.

The Montreal Gazette has spoken up, with wisdom and clarity, on behalf of autistic children in Quebec. Hopefully the learned autism journalists at Canada's CBC can take time out from their love affair with Michelle Dawson, Dr. Laurent Mottron and the anti-autism treatment Neurodiversity movement and do the same.

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shakingsystem said...

This is certainly a step in the right direction. The Montreal Gazette has certainly done its part in bringing forth autism realities that are being faced by many parents from all over the country.

That being said,we must acknowledge that mainstream media is lacking true understanding and initiative on true representation of autism. As mentioned in your post, autism is being misrepresented by CBC television,Michelle Dawson,Dr. Mottron and many ideologues. This only serves to skew the true autism realities. Sadly autism is not being given high priority.

Our 1st Annual AUPTIMISM Walkathon was a real success in terms of numbers of walkers (200-250)organisation,activities, and entertainment. However, we were really disappointed in lack of interest,understanding and presence of media (TV). Although we had contacted many local government officials as well as our local television media we were surprised to see how nobody cared to show up and acknowledge our event.

All this to say,although we had a great turn out we were very dissappointed in the apathetic attitude of government and TV- media.


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Roger Kulp said...

As with Newsweek,and ABC News in this country,I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the CBC to stop pushing the neurodiversity agenda.All three are permanently in ND's back pocket,and there is nothing you can do to change it.

That said,I am a little disappointed that this article would champion psychiatrists and psychologists to diagnose autism. Diagnose maybe,but not to properly measure impairment.I was diagnosed by a psychologist,and each time I had to be reevaluated I have only been seen by psychologists.Each one I have seen has been woefully ignorant of any condition that exists alongside autism,or would cause it.A condition that might make the autism worse,or effect the severity of it. Fragile X,Rett Syndrome,mitochondrial disease,even seizures.You know the stuff Ari Ne'man,Kevin Leitch et al call comorbid and unrelated conditions.

Many mental health professionals have almost as narrow a view of autism as any ND loudmouth.Some actually share Dr.Mottron's views.

The mental health profession has ,as a whole,dome an abysmal job of advocating for and helping autistics,autistics.They have a grand and glorious history of it. Bruno Bettelheim anyone?

The only way I see to solve this mess,is to have autism removed from the DSM,and no longer classified as a psychiatric disease.In order to do this,I would suggest that certain basic criteria be met for a diagnosis of ANY ASD:

*Intellectual or learning disabilities.

*Poor to no verbal skills.


*Developmental delay.

*Self-abuse and/or stereotypy.

If you don't have at least two of these,you don't get an ASD diagnosis.You get diagnosed with something else instead.I would suggest that Asperger's be reclassified as a personality disorder,not an ASD.

It's too late for the DSM-V,but I would really like to see something like this in future editions.

And it be so much fun to watch the ND movement scream about it all.

Roger Kulp said...

Also,don't forget the only real treatment that mental health professionals,and mainstream medicine as a whole repeatedly offers for the autism itself are SSRIs,in spite of study after study that prove not only that they do not work.Isn't it interesting that both the neurodiversity people,and the anti vaccine people are both against the use of SSRIs for autism,albeit not for the same reason,but both are against them.