What do you think the ramifications will be? I wonder.

http://news.yahoo.com/experts-weigh-changes-definition-autism-170206958.html

So mental health experts are messing with the definition of autism and the diagnostic criteria. My mind boggles with what that will mean to the future children being diagnosed, and the children already diagnosed today. How will we be able to accurately track the rise in autism rates and apply research on a potential environmental contributing factor if we throw this monkey wrench into the mix?! And down the road in a few years,  the news reports will  say that autism is on the decline and some government agency will take credit for it. Not because of changes made to our environment or perhaps improved treatment options…but because the diagnostic criteria has changed.

What will this mean to children already diagnosed and receiving services that no longer qualify based on the new criteria? Does it mean they no longer need services because on paper, they don’t have autism, just Aspergers.  What would have happened if this new criteria was around when my son was diagnosed? His diagnosis was high-functioning autism. Would he have received a diagnosis of autism and qualified for the much-needed services he has received over the years? I credit biomedical intervention AND behavioral therapy for his huge gains since his diagnosis.

I’m sure there is some good news in all of this somewhere.  Maybe for the insurance companies that would have to provide services in the states that have adopted insurance reform. I don’t know about this one. I’d love to hear from you and what your take on it is.

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4 Responses

  1. I know what you mean its scary right now, because there are so many that are different. Every child that has autism or that fall in between can politically mess up there services. I feel that we as parents with children with Autism have enough trouble getting what we need. And right know I would love it if my kids father’s insurance would pay for half of the services he needs. I hope that there is good news in all this because I think if it messes with the numbers they will not see be a big priority as much as it has been.

  2. Very informative article

  3. Hi, I just discovered your blog & was wondering if you have any recommendations for testing a child’s nutrient levels. My son is six & while he’s not autistic, I believe he has some sensory issues, and he has food intolerances & chronic constipation. His doctor is willing to order bloodwork but I’m confused about which tests are best & which nutrients are most important to check. Have you written about this? I was unable to find anything about testing on your blog; forgive me if I missed it.

    • There is an OAT lab which is Organic Acids Test and it will test levels of important nutrients among other things. For food allergies you should do a blood test testing IgG and IgE levels to food reactions. A stool sample can let you know if there are parasites, yeast or bacteria in his gut as well as know what the levels of the good bacteria are and if you should supplement with probiotics. I believe if a child has food sensitivities and chronic constipation, probiotics are the first course of supplements you should begin. Constipation can be a result of yeast/bacteria in gut and cause a leaky gut wall that will allow food particles to enter the bloodstream and the immune system will react to these foreign particles and cause inflammation/allergic reaction.

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