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It is very scary to me that in the 22 years since I began graduate school, the rate of autism has increased dramatically from 1 on 5,000 children to the latest figures from the CDC for 2007 are 1 in 150. I am done having children now (I think) but my kids are going to start having children soon and the odds are very frightening.
There have been a lot of guesses and a lot of research on why the rate of autism is skyrocketing, but from everything I have read, the answer still continues to be "No one knows".
At our reservation school we are seeing more and more kids with autism. When I first started working I had never hard of it but now everyone knows what autism is and seems like everyone knows someone who has it.
What do you think about the Autism Society of America description of Autism?
http://www.autism-society.org/site/Page … hatis_home
I understand that they are trying to present a positive picture and not prevent people from Autism from getting the services they need through negative stereotypes that say they can't learn. HOWEVER .... I wonder if they are doing a disservice to parents such as Blastland (the author of The Only Boy in the World, a book about his son with autism)
It almost seems as if their site is saying that people with autism can only be mildly affected if proper help is provided. In my experience that is very far from true. Some people with autism are profoundly handicapped, such as Blastland's son, or my friend's brother, who has been living in an inpatient facility for 20 years. I think these families have tried very very hard to find a "right treatment" to help their family member live at a more independent level. It doesn't seem to be possible for everyone.
New stuff on Autism can be found in the Virtual Library
http://www.spiritlakeconsulting.com/SLC … shelf.html
In our specific disabilities section (which needs a lot of work)
http://www.spiritlakeconsulting.com/SLC … utism.html
and in our new media section, you can find links to videos
http://www.spiritlakeconsulting.com/SLC … ideos.html
Also, our Miniwakan Waonspekiye (Spirit Lake Teacher) newsletter coming out this month has the first article in a two-part series on Autism
There is a lot more I want to add over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.
My brother has autism. I read some of those comments by those stupid people after one of those videos on your site. It was the one with thhe mother and her daughter at lunch. They should have to take care of a autistic child themself before they talk. Some people are just ignorant. Mom worries ALL THE TIME about who will take care of my brother when she is gone and that mother is just trying to make it easier for her daughter so that she can get along with regular people. I think maybe you should have some more videos that show the tantrums because I know my brother is not the only one that has those and I think thats one of the things that makes it hard for people like me to think about taking a autistic person home to live with them.
There is a new page on autism. This is part of a section of our website that is under construction so it is very rough.
http://www.spiritlakeconsulting.com/SLC … tism2.html
I will be adding a LOT more on Autism after the first of the year.