Self Injurious Behavior, a common occurrence in some with severe autism, can appear in a flash and transform a happy, fun filled moment into pain and suffering as it does above with my son Conor. The very high functioning autistics who do not share my son's disorder and challenges have no right to dictate what autism research will or will not be conducted, research that may someday help my son and others with severe autism disorders.
The world has recently seen the very talented, successful Jerry Seinfeld "identify" with autism before retracting his statements. More recently John Elder Robinson and other high functioning autistics got very upset over the use of the expression #MSSNG coined for the Autism Speaks research campaign and demanded that autistics must dictate the course of autism research. My son Conor with his severe autism disorder, intellectual disability and epilepsy has no understanding of this high functioning autism outrage. His problems are more in the nature of the serious self injury engaged in often as set out in the pictures above.
Today, with the holidays disrupting his routines, Conor engaged in one of his most serious meltdowns in some time hurting himself and the walls and when Dad intervened I felt some of it too. I honestly can't relate to the concern that #MSSNG is somehow an insult and travesty to those with autism disorders not when I am trying to restrain my powerful, 210 lb 6'1" son without hurting him and at the same time protect myself in the middle of a serious meltdown.
Statements below from the AAP.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, (2007)
S126 (6): e1622. (2010)
134 (5): e1520. (2014)
Comorbid severe global developmental delay/mental retardation and motor deficits
are associated with a high prevalence of seizures (42%)
Health care utilization and costs are substantially higher for children and adolescents with ASDs compared with children without ASDs, and available data suggest that mortality is increased as well. The increased mortality in ASDs is thought to be largely, but not completely, accounted for by the increased mortality associated with mental retardation and epilepsy.