Autism – 1 in 100 Kids

Autism is present in 1 in 100 kids according to officials from the Centers for Disease Control.

Autism is a spectrum disorder – ranges from mild to severe.

When are they going to realize that mild autism is just a normal behavior? 1 in 100 sounds like something that normally occurs.
Severe cases are tragic – but the mild cases are just normal behavior in my opinion. Not everybody is a social communications wizard. Some little kids just need extra time to complete the socializing process. Teachers in America refuse to deal with kids that are different, moving too much. They send those kids to endless evaluations hoping somebody down the line will feed them a pill, so they behave like sheep. It is a torture for parents with the constant pressure from the schools for the young kids to behave. 1 in 100 – sounds like normal behavior to me.

1 in 100 – 0dd or Norm?

Most of the mild autistic kids are just a bit weird – WHO ISN’T?
Do you know somebody who is normal and if you do – do you like him/her?
Special ed industry is just cashing in on normal kids that needs more time to mature. Live the parents and the kids alone. Let the kids move and smile! Just my thoughts.

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8 Responses to “Autism – 1 in 100 Kids”

  1. Sean Says:

    Well said Ellie… it seems nowadays we want to know that everything is controlable (dunno if that is a word)… we NEED to know that we can make everything the same. We need to know that we are the same as everyone else because without this it simply creates too much uncertainty and as you say it may take a little effort.

    Right now there are terms for even degrees of Autism. Sensory classifications and variations of Autism so if 1 in a 100 has Autism then the number which fall into other categories must be much higher… so more and more children according to classification have a problem….

    We even now look for problems… we dont discover them by chance or as a result of a behaviour, we analyse and see if we can fit behaviour into a classification….

    Perhaps we have lost our ability to accept “what is”. That children are also people and are all different. Perhaps teachers have lost the ability to nurture and care, and adapt… Perhaps we have lost our ability to accept life on lifes terms and “go with the flow” and appreciate the differences…

    Best be careful when approaching a specialist. My experience is that there is a specialist for everything and every child has a degree of something… and perhaps by “dealing” with an issue, we in fact create one….

    Sorry on my soap box…. sensitive issue for me….

  2. Prospero Says:

    Leave the parents and the kids alone. I get the same feeling with ADHD (we have medication for that). For whose benefit? The pharmaceutical companies or the children?

  3. Margaret Gosden Says:

    Thank you for your interesting observation about today’s news/numbers on
    autistic children I will pass this along. Thank you for commenting on the steeple in monocrhrome monday. I, too, had an image of a tie when I first saw
    the photo on the monitor! Also, that might be the spire reflected in the middle and I am still trying to figure out how that happened. I will have to go back to the scene!

  4. Vogon Poet Says:

    Thank you for this post. I agree with you. Data can be manipulated (not faked, simply used differently) to demonstrate almost everything. The problem exist but it is better than common sense prevails on fear and bad faith.

  5. Dimple Says:

    I have a perspective from the other side.
    My son has Asperger’s Syndrome, a ‘mild’ form of autism. He has never been even remotely ‘normal,’ although no one could quite figure out why. He had one ‘diagnosis’ after another that didn’t fit or help. He was 16 before I, myself, figured out what was wrong. Up until then he was picked on (mostly by his peers) and punished (mostly by his teachers) instead of being helped. The discrimination has left scars, my own inability to deal with him has left scars, and only God can do what he needs. He just moved out, but at age 22 is still not independent. He has just transferred his needs to other people.
    I don’t deny that some children are just a little odd, and that everyone has quirks. And 1 percent sounds like a huge proportion to be in the autistic category. There is much wrong with our society in this and other areas. But autism, even ‘mild’ autism, is real and debilitating to those who have it and it affects everyone who loves them.

  6. Dimple Says:

    So I can be notified of updates….

  7. ellievellie Says:

    Dear Dimple, I understand how you feel. I went through hell of tests with my 7 years old myself – psychologists, neurologists – no diagnosis. They just made me worry for years – the kid is just fine. All the kids are different – by the age of 12 they kind of level. I sense a tendency in America to overdo it – looking for Autism in every other kid. The severe cases are a tragedy, but the doctors and shrinks just need to get their stuff together with the diagnosis – right now they label Autism everything! 4 years ago when I started following Autism it was 1 in 10 000 – now they say 1 in 100. They overreact – that means 100 times more families are slapped with the bad news now then 4 years ago!

  8. Dimple Says:

    Dear Ellie,
    I agree that over-doing this is normal; Probably we are too good at navel-gazing! And I (finally) came to the same place you are: I have to love my son, not be his doctor, policeman, psychiatrist, or whatever. I am his MOTHER. That is a lot, and it is enough.

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