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More children given drugs

ADHD & Autism, In The News

ABC news story Anti-depressant, anti-psychotic medication prescriptions for kids on the rise, study finds contains some frightening statistics "The number of children aged between 10 and 14 given antidepressants jumped by more than a third, while anti-psychotic medications rose by almost 50 per cent. Prescriptions to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) rose by 26.1… keep reading

Response to “Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney”

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Thought-provoking article "Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney" http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/magazine/reaching-my-autistic-son-through-disney.html raises lots of questions.  Read it first, then see how my reaction compares to yours. Written by a journalist, it is a coherent story and uses terms and concepts familiar in the discourse about autism. What interests me about this article is the language and two… keep reading

4Corners – The Autism Enigma

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Did you see the 4Corners program last night, The Autism Enigma, which puts forward a theory that gut bacteria, food additives and antibiotics could play a role in the increasing rates of autism.  If not, see the transcript at  http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/08/23/3574441.htm The program highlighted three things for me. First, was the growing autism industry with a… keep reading

DSM5 to move Asperger’s Sydnrome under the umbrella of Autism

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Moves to move the diagnosis Asperger's Sydnrome under the umbrella of Autism has caused a lot of anger in the Asperger's Syndrome movement. Most wanted to keep their separate diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome because they think it doesn't have the negative connotations of Autism while still providing them with the services, understanding and allowances they… keep reading

3 year olds will get mental health checks – how can this be good?

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There has been an announcement this week that 3 year olds will get mental health checks. "Things that they are looking for are autism spectrum disorder which is a broad base multi area problem, behavioural sensory and communication issues, depression and anxiety" The responses have been fairly predictable. There are the Aspergers-believers and their service… keep reading

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