If you have an autistic child and someone tries to sell you MMS – run a mile!
There are many charlatans out there trying to sell cures for autism based on theories that are not supported by scientific evidence. If you read stuff about parasites, ‘leaky gut’, other digestive issues, gluten or casein free diet, in relation to autism (and for that matter, a range of other conditions) than these are red flags for people trying to sell quackery. Another red flag is when people say that one product is effective for a huge number of conditions, like cancer, MS, alzeimers – usually chronic conditions that are hard to cure.
‘Currently there’s nothing to stop people marketing the false idea that autism is something that can be or needs to be cured. I think it’s time we change that.
Autism is a neurological condition, it’s not something you can cure like an injury or illness. With the right professional therapies, people with autism can thrive, but there’s no product that can offer a magical “fix.”‘ (Emma Dalmayne)
There is a petition in the UK if people are interested.
1. You get to discover how complex and amazing language is, especially if your child was delayed in talking. If they are still non verbal, you will find many other useful ways to communicate such as PECS, and makaton. You will become an expert in the subject.
2 Your kids teachers never forget your kid’s name. You get to know them and they pay special attention to your little cracker. Parents evenings often last 40 minutes rather than 5, so you never get those awkward silences.
3. Chances are your kid is more honest than others. If you want to know what is going on, you will get a straight answer no story telling, lies or secrets behind your back
4. Autistic kids very often aren’t influenced by other people’s trends, so chances are they won’t nag you about getting the latest expensive clothing or shoes
A must read article for parents of children with autism. I tried the gluten/casein free diet when my son was young, because the jury was out back then on whether it was helpful. If I knew now, what the research tells us now, then I wouldn’t have bothered. I also wouldn’t have wasted my energy looking into all the other mumbo jumbo pseudoscientific crap that is out there – the world is full of con artists trying to assist parents to ‘cure’ autism.
I wouldn’t want to cure my son – he is a fantastic human being worthy of respect and love, his autism is an essential part of his very being, and he is fine and dandy just the way he is. The world is a better place for having all sorts of people, with all sorts of neurological deviations. Autistic people have and will continue to contribute greatly to this world.
The NY Post recently published an article The miracle that cured my son’s autism was in our kitchen. It is a horrible piece of science journalism published in…
Autistic pride is about accepting autistic people for who they are and accepting neurological diversity. We are all different and unique and valuable as human beings. Without neurological diversity the world would be a very boring place.
Researchers and autistic activists are moving away from notions that autism needs to be ‘cured’ or ‘fixed’. Autistic people are different but not necessarily disabled.
Autistic people need our acceptance and support to reach their full potential.
If you have children who are on the autism spectrum I would recommend the article below. When my son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three I started reading about ‘biomedical’ approaches to autism. Years later it slowly dawned on me that this is a rabbit hole parents should definitely avoid. The majority of approaches are not based on science – they are are not evidence-based (despite the thousand of ‘articles’ on the internet that would tell you otherwise).
Some people say they are harmless so why not try them. But, some can be harmful by the very nature of the intervention (eg., avoiding vaccinations, chelation) and if parent’s are investing in biomedical approaches and so called ‘natural’ therapies, then they are putting energy and money into products and approaches that have scant evidence of effectiveness. They are also conveying the message that they are trying to cure their child of autism, instead of accepting their child.
There are evidence-based approaches to assisting children with autism to reach their full potential. These include such things as intensive early intervention, speech therapy, social skills training and occupational therapy.
To celebrate I am reposting my Aspie’s Rock blog post, to highlight some of the good things about autism (and there are many).
Autism is on a spectrum and includes individuals who range from low functioning (eg., no speech, dependent on caregivers) to those who are high functioning. Those who are high functioning are sometimes identified as having Asperger Syndrome.
People with Asperger Syndrome often call themselves Aspies.
Aspies mostly call people who are NOT on the Autism Spectrum – neurotypicals. I nearly choked on my Weet-Bix when I heard that expression for the first time 😉.
There is a theory (promulgated by aspies I should think) that people with Asperger Syndrome are higher up the evolutionary ladder than the rest of us. I don’t know about the scientific basis for that theory but there are certainly many wonderful things about Aspies.
They include the following:
Lateral thinkers (the inventors of the world)
Unique sense of humour
Persistent (they will solve the problems of the world)
Determined (they will keep going when others give up)
Creative (some have outstanding artistic, musical and other talents)
Great attention to detail and can spot mistakes others may not notice (make great editors)
Super senses (wine connoisseurs and perfume makers of the world )
Strong sense of social justice (make good policemen, judges)
Direct, honest and speak their mind
Strive for perfection
Can list large amounts of factual information
Strong desire to seek knowledge (great on game shows and trivia nights)
Extremely knowledgeable on topics of interest (the trainspotters, collectors of the world)
Visual thinkers (make great surveyors, architects and engineers)
Exceptional long-term memory
Logical thinkers (the computer programmers of the world)
Great desire for fairness
Great respect for rules
Dedicated to special interests (many Aspies reach the top of their chosen career because of their single minded dedication to an area of interest)
and the list goes on …
I know and love quite a few Aspies and I think they rock!