Many Minnesota preschoolers with auti...

Many Minnesota preschoolers with autism miss early services

There are 6 comments on the The Brainerd Daily Dispatch story from Apr 11, 2014, titled Many Minnesota preschoolers with autism miss early services. In it, The Brainerd Daily Dispatch reports that:

Recent research suggests that many Minnesota preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder miss years of services and supports that could significantly improve their lives.

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Midwestern PieEye

Kearney, NE

#1 Apr 12, 2014
They tend to be lazy.

Since: Jul 10

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Apr 12, 2014
Most parents with kids on the spectrum tend to be unaware of said programs.
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Some of them have this attitude that nothing can be done to help their offspring out in anyway possible.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#5 Apr 14, 2014
Autism has been attributed to everything from a kid who bites his nails to one who sits in the corner and bangs their elbow on the wall for hours on end. It may well be one of the most "over-diagnosed" conditions to date. Right up there with ADD and ADHD, it has become the "go to" diagnosis for kids with any behavior that cannot be explained otherwise. I am not saying that there is not a legitimate condition referred to as autism. Just that it seems to be over diagnosed. In 2000, it was 1 in 150 kids. In 2010, it was bumped up to 1 in 68. Did the numbers really double or did the diagnoses just increase. Or, are kids just that much more messed up and if so, why?

Since: Jul 10

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Apr 14, 2014
cantmakeitup wrote:
Autism has been attributed to everything from a kid who bites his nails to one who sits in the corner and bangs their elbow on the wall for hours on end. It may well be one of the most "over-diagnosed" conditions to date. Right up there with ADD and ADHD, it has become the "go to" diagnosis for kids with any behavior that cannot be explained otherwise. I am not saying that there is not a legitimate condition referred to as autism. Just that it seems to be over diagnosed. In 2000, it was 1 in 150 kids. In 2010, it was bumped up to 1 in 68. Did the numbers really double or did the diagnoses just increase. Or, are kids just that much more messed up and if so, why?
At least three things are contributing to the increase:
1. Better understanding of it. As in finding the genetics involved
2. We with it in our DNA are breeding.
3. Some couples are having kids later like in the couple's ages of 30, 40, and even older. And thus are having it in many cases where it wasn't in the parent(s)' DNA.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#7 Apr 14, 2014
4. These disorders have, in many cases, become the fall back for a school system that has no options left for control of misbehaving children.
No backup from parents anymore.
Limited number of parents who even discipline their children.
Too many parents that are just waiting for a chance to file a lawsuit against a school district.
Too many parents who want to be their kids buddies and therefore expect the schools to teach their kids manners.

Since: Jul 10

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Apr 14, 2014
cantmakeitup wrote:
4. These disorders have, in many cases, become the fall back for a school system that has no options left for control of misbehaving children.
No backup from parents anymore.
Limited number of parents who even discipline their children.
Too many parents that are just waiting for a chance to file a lawsuit against a school district.
Too many parents who want to be their kids buddies and therefore expect the schools to teach their kids manners.
Never assume that parents who have offspring on the spectrum are lazy parents. Some are stricter on a ASD kid/adult than many parents with a NT kid/adult.
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And to be diagnosed on the spectrum. The person has to have missed several of the 'milestones' that society expects folks to reach. As in talking, eye contact, movement, etc....
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And at least half of that HAS to come from the medical community. If not the whole amount of testing. There are specific tests for how to determine if a child or even a adult is on the spectrum. Some the school nurse gives if the kid is preschool up to senior high.
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http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/screening.ht... Developmental screening is a short test to tell if children are learning basic skills when they should, or if they might have delays. During developmental screening the doctor might ask the parent some questions or talk and play with the child during an exam to see how she learns, speaks, behaves, and moves. A delay in any of these areas could be a sign of a problem.
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http://www.autism-society.org/about-autism/di... A medical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, for instance, is most frequently made by a physician according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) of the American Psychological Association (2013). This manual guides physicians in diagnosing autism spectrum disorder according to a specific number of symptoms.
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http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autism/det... ASD varies widely in severity and symptoms and may go unrecognized, especially in mildly affected children or when it is masked by more debilitating handicaps. Very early indicators that require evaluation by an expert include:
...no babbling or pointing by age 1
...no single words by 16 months or two-word phrases by age 2
...no response to name
...poor eye contact
...excessive lining up of toys or objects
...no smiling or social responsiveness.
Health care providers will often use a questionnaire or other screening instrument to gather information about a child’s development and behavior. Some screening instruments rely solely on parent observations, while others rely on a combination of parent and doctor observations. If screening instruments indicate the possibility of an ASD, a more comprehensive evaluation is usually indicated.
....How is autism treated?
There is no cure for ASDs. Therapies and behavioral interventions are designed to remedy specific symptoms and can bring about substantial improvement.

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