No need to make people normal but autism treatments are essential

An article in The Guardian asks “Do we really need a cure for autism?” (see Following is my person view ...

This is a complex question. First, let's be clear about what is meant by “autism”. I take “autism” to mean a “severe and pervasive impairment”, as the group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are described in the DSM-IV.

But there are people who use “autism” to mean a wider category of behavioural and personality traits.

to diagnose or not to diagnose

My 9 year old has recently been given a suspected diagnosis of autism but with more aspergers traits. Because he has a severe language disorder the autism was diagnosed. He is unaware of this diagnosis as l have chosen not to tell him. He is yet to feel any different from other children apart from his language disorder.

My son has just been diagnosed

Hi there, my precious little 9YO boy has just been diagnosed with Aspergers from his Paediatrician after assessment by an Occupational Therapist and Speech Pathologist. I felt the Speech Pathologists report was a little harsh, as it said he has a severe language disorder from all angles. The Pathologist's report took about 3-4 months to arrive and the Pathologist had to ring my wife up and ask several questions before completing the report. She got the feeling that the Pathologist did not know or couldn't remember our boy. My son is a good talker.


I am not sure where to start, nor do i have any idea how to navigate this site. I apologize in advance if I have posted this in the wrong space. I am a young single mother of three, My oldest child has just been diagnosed with high functioning aspergers. It has been confirmed by a pediatrician, we are now awaiting a school assesment, also he is seeing a psyciatrist and she soon will also be doing and assesment. I guess that now I have an answer I am even more lost than before.....what do I do now and where do I go from here????

Bloggers needed: Vic Education says too many donuts cause failure to learn

We'd love for people to turn up for this hearing and blog about what the Victorian Government says (see details below).

So far the department has said that the reason for the young man’s failure to learn is that, he ate too many donuts.
Last week a department expert witness said that standardised assessments were not as good as unwritten teacher observations because, teachers have a special gift.

Last week the department lawyers and their expert witness said that people with an intellectual disability don’t learn, so no matter what you do with them they don’t improve.


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