By Mike Stanton
While the author's son, Matthew, used to be ultimately clinically determined with autism at 12 years previous, they proposal the prognosis marked the top in their problems. in truth, regardless of the rise in pronounced degrees of autism, applicable help and transparent info have been challenging to discover. the writer issues out that folks, who can be a beneficial resource of data and support to busy pros, are seldom fascinated about the academic strategy, and are frequently made to believe to blame approximately their kid's autism. during this ebook, the writer offers an evidence of the autistic specturm and dissects and dispels many of the myths approximately autistic behaviour and numerous forms of autism. meant for the pros who paintings with autistic humans and their households and buddies, this ebook attracts at the Stanton family's reviews, and the studies of alternative households, to provide a portrayal of what dwelling with autism is admittedly like for all these concerned and to argue that studying to stay with autism is a two-way approach.
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But that does not mean the overall incidence is greater among the middle classes. Working class people are just more likely to be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. They can be caught in a disability trap along the lines of ‘We were so poor we couldn’t afford autism in our family. ’ It can be difficult to get an accurate diagnosis. There seems to be something but we’re not sure what began at age eight and it was officially HFA/Asperger’s at eighteen and a half (she is now 20). In between it was: ‘A reaction to hearing loss’ (she did also have glue ear).
Sometimes there is a confusion of labels. Atypical autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, autistic tendencies, and social and communication disorder seem to be the ‘hip’ diagnoses being dished out in our area at the moment. ’ Won’t tell you of the provision and placement offered to this child by the LEA though, as that is more frightening than the label!! The first psychologist I took him to wrote down a diagnosis as this, taken from the DSM IV: ‘Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder Phonological Disorder Learning Disorder OS (word retrieval; phonological processing deficit) Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS’ This was one diagnosis.
As one parent wrote: The only one that really made us angry was the local authority Educational Psychologist who told us there was nothing wrong with her except that she wasn’t very bright and we were middle class parents who couldn’t cope with having a low-achieving child! She has just finished a BTech in Art and Design at Chelsea College of Art. The reality is somewhat different. Low achievement and social and personal difficulties are almost expected of disadvantaged communities who are viewed as victims of their environment.