Autism support group grows

Autism support group grows

There are 5 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 18, 2007, titled Autism support group grows. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

According to the Autism Society of America, the national rate of Autism diagnosis is 1 in every 150 children. via The Indianapolis Star

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Ivar

Moss, Norway

#1 Oct 19, 2007
To quote Anna, a fourteen year old girl with AS:

"Asperger's Disease is a bullshit name"

She always use 'bullshit' against everything she dislikes.

I wonder how it will be for younger generations of aspies to grow up with stuff like ABA. Lovaas technique is basically a 50 year old treatment that has been made more "moderate" in the last decades by removing the skin-shock aspect of it. It was once used to treat homosexual behavior.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o195/erkol...

"To give her something to be anxious about, she was taken to the shock room, where the floor is laced with metallic strips. Two electrodes were put on her bare back, and her shoes removed."

The skin-shock aspect is however STILL a reality in Judge Rotenberg Center.

Not that ABA can't be used to learn useful things, but it doesn't make sense to me that thousands of dollars should be used to make a teenage geek seem abit more normal.
Dogen3

Fishers, IN

#2 Oct 19, 2007
Ivar wrote:
I wonder how it will be for younger generations of aspies to grow up with stuff like ABA. Lovaas technique is basically a 50 year old treatment that has been made more "moderate" in the last decades by removing the skin-shock aspect of it.
My daughter works for Lovaas so I will try not to take this personal. <g> It is not that bad..... any more. At least you are consistant. You are concerned about the effect of both triditional AND nontriditional modalities. While I still want to help my son, I am becomming more sensitive to the other side of it.

If you had a 7 year old son with autism and wanted to maximize his potential how would YOU go about it?

Not a leading question.... I really would like to hear your opinion.
friend

AOL

#3 Oct 19, 2007
I have some pretty good on line pal's who have Aspergers (of which is the most mis-spelled word known) most are always helpful in sharing their perspectives and one man has a great site out there although many parents disagree with his point of view.

I've never personally met any parent who opted for shock therapy. ABA in it's infantcy had quite the bad review and was near like child abuse than therapy, so much so, they revised their ABA and included being certified. but overall, it really isn't so much the therapy as it is the therapist and if you don't get a good one, a good therapy could be bad only due to the therapist.

I too would be interested in knowing what an adult with ASD might advise for a parent when it comes to therapy choices?
Ivar

Moss, Norway

#4 Oct 19, 2007
Sorry for comparing modern Lovaas technique that much to how it was in its early stage. I really know better, but I really have a hard time imagine how and why high-functioning autistics are supposed to get behavior modification.
Dogen3 wrote:
If you had a 7 year old son with autism and wanted to maximize his potential how would YOU go about it?
Not a leading question.... I really would like to hear your opinion.
One of the biggest problems a child with AS meets, will often be bullying - and I know that is often the concern of some parents when it comes to autistic behaviors.

Ofcorse some behaviors are unpractical and should be addressed.

Dependent of how much traits my child would exhibit and how autism is presented in the media at that time I would probably have some focus on making the rest of the class understand the condition, and have respect and patience. If messages given through the media is as it is today I would probably avoid the word autism to be slipped into the classroom - but still have focus on making the class understand what kind of person my child is.

When attempting to make the class understand my child it is could ofcourse not to be the list of symptons from the DSM-IV, hopefully you would be able to view Callista's post here:

http://www.aspiesforfreedom.com/showthread.ph...

I remember when a man were to talk about why we should respect a new member to our class from Thailand who had just begun learning norwegian. He had a powerfull speech.

Even if my child got an AS diagnosis and might have use of some extra help, I would emphasize to him/her that there's nothing wrong with who he/she is and that he/she should be proud of his/her accomplishemnts.
friend

AOL

#5 Oct 19, 2007
I myself bought a book that includes many disabilities than just autism. this way the class was not finger pointing one child and their disability, but educating them on many. I don't know any child typical who wants direct attention like that, let alone my kid who would just have to die if the whole class turn around and looked directly at him LOL!
it shouldn't end in class room either. parents of peers also play a large part in teaching acceptance. I printed educational info and had the teacher send it home to all parents. this will not only help my child when their child comes home speaking about my kid, but will also help when they see other kids in the public just like mine.

but this answers public awareness, not intervention options.

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