Autism More Common in US Than Previously Thought - page 3

washington (reuters) - autism is more common in the united states than anyone had estimated, affecting about one in every 150 children, the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention reported on... Read More

  1. by   grace90
    Quote from RNsRWe
    And anytime the budget goes up, it's Special Ed that gets picked over (and over) again, looking for that wasteful spending like speech and OT. Heaven forbid the "regular" kids give up one of their many "extras" so the special ed kids can get the basics.

    Sigh.
    Yeah, I know. A special ed millage was just voted on in my county, and didn't pass. Even my own extended family members had excuses on why they didn't think it should pass. :trout:
  2. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from RNsRWe
    Thanks for your post, grace. It's a nice response to the too-oft-used blanket response of "it's not happening as much as people say, it's misdiagnosed". Or worse, that somehow parents of autistic kids are milking the system to get their kids "better" schooling and programs.

    Yep, I've heard that one. Like I dreamed when I was pregnant, "Gosh, I HOPE I have an autistic kid so he can go to private schools and get lots of behavioral and social therapies at the expense of the school district, State and our own pockets!"

    I happen to be in a good school district, and hardly have to fight at all. I do, however, advocate for others as necessary. What kills me is when budget proposals go out each year, and expenses loom large and the general population of our district looks to the parents of the special needs kids as the problem! As though we want extras for 'our' kids at the expense of 'their' kids. As if demanding that my kid keeps a teacher so he can learn to read before another kid gets a new band uniform is a bad priority. Yeah, that's it. And anytime the budget goes up, it's Special Ed that gets picked over (and over) again, looking for that wasteful spending like speech and OT. Heaven forbid the "regular" kids give up one of their many "extras" so the special ed kids can get the basics.

    Sigh.
    You know what really makes me mad about that mentality? Until 1975, people with autism weren't entitled to anything from the school district, and lots of times that's just what they got- plenty of nothing. So if someone wants me to listen to their whining, I'll listen to any parents of children who should've been educated prior to the enactment of laws that guarantee our kids an education. No one else! I once said to a general ed teacher who has 4 kids, ''you know, it is no more appropriate for you to complain about the cost of my son's services than it is for me to complain about the cost of educating 4 of your children versus 1 of mine''. She promptly pontificated on why it wasn't the same thing at all, to which I calmly responded, ''no, it's not. That's what making comparisons is so asinine''. I do believe she missed my point entirely...
  3. by   RNsRWe
    mercy and grace: since I have one child in special ed and one child in general ed, I think I have a pretty good handle on both worlds, and that usually bothers people in that I am *NOT* advocating for special ed needs OVER typical children's needs, OR vice-versa. I am all about EACH child getting an appropriate education, as deemed by the law.

    I want my typical child to be all he can be, and get all the programs that benefit him. And want NO LESS for my other child. Confuses the heck out of some people, who seem to think you need to be on one "side" or the other. Stupid.
  4. by   holistic Sue
    The emerging research on Autism that addresses genetic predispositon and environmental exposures allowing the genes to express themselves and is why 1 in 94 boys will be diagnosed along the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    As a public Health Nurse, it is crucial that we address the environmental issues that are influences in this epidemic. I work with so many families struggling to cope with autistic spectrum children.
    When the American Red Cross tested umbilical cord blood recently, it found 174 chemicals from the mom's and fed to the fetus in utero..that's scarey!!!
    I have therefore started an educational not for profit foundation to educate communities on the links of the environment to a multitude of environmental health concerns including Autism. It is now estimated that 80% of all cancers have environmental co factors. For more information, please see my link in profile page.
    holistic Sue
    Last edit by VickyRN on Mar 22, '07 : Reason: TOS

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