Heads up, April starts tomorrow and April is autism awareness month. Stick with me, and we’ll get through it together.
Last week the CDC finally released numbers reflecting what most of us have known for years. Autism is now affecting 1 in 88 children in the U.S. For boys the numbers are 1 in 54. 1 IN 54! It is an epidemic. We need a solution, and handwringing and dismissing the numbers with the absurd notion that these kids just weren’t diagnosed before ain’t it.
They don’t just line up their blocks and keep to themselves. Chronic gastrointestinal problems (come do a study in my bathroom when someone gives my kid wheat or dairy), life-threatening seizures (yes, Virginia, autism can be fatal), bolting and wandering to their deaths (we have to worry about Lord of the Flies jumping out of his bedroom window) and other self-injurous behaviors are the reality for the families of 1 in 88 children in America now.
We would have noticed if 1 in 88 children were doing that shit 20 years ago. The better diagnosis explanation is infuriating bullshit.
In the above linked article an “autism expert” claims to tell parents of high-functioning autistic children that 20 years ago their child wouldn’t have been diagnosed. I agree. The child wouldn’t have been diagnosed because the child wouldn’t have been autistic.
Instead of finding out what the hell is going on, condescending intellectuals are focused on a mind-blowing 3 point narrative.
We didn’t do it.
We don’t know what did.
Sucks to be you. (Or worse, that it’s a blessing.)
And for those of us crazy and lucky enough to explore alternative treatments and see improvement, then our kids were never autistic in the first place.
Witty conclusion developing…