JEIGH HALL : NEW MEDIA DESIGNER

JAMES HALL
E . J AY. H A L L 8 9 @ G M A I L . C O M
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  1. 1. JEIGH HALL : NEW MEDIA DESIGNER JAMES HALL E . J AY. H A L L 8 9 @ G M A I L . C O M
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  7. 7. Research 3 HINTS TO AUTISM principal investigator in the National Institute of go by. But using the wrong intervention for a Mental Healthʼs Intramural Research Program child with ASD can squander a precious window on autism. “Weʼre muddying the waters.” Not of opportunity. Learning is life long, but many everyone concurs, “In many areas of the country, kids who receive intensive intervention early, there is still a problem with under-diagnosis,” in their first five years, do better than those demonstrates that says Nancy Minshew, M.D. a professor of who receive it later.” Establishing treatment are distributed into psychiatry and neurology at the University of standards so parents can choose effective the non-autistic po autistic traits Pittsburghʼs School of Medicine. There is also growing concern that minority children are programs is the mission of the newly organized NAC (National Autism Center). more of them, som pulation; some peop diagnosedat a rate far below that of Caucasian e have fewer. Hist le have kids, and at later ages. THE GOOD NEW viduals whom we ory suggests that m Experts do agree, however, that there is no one would today diagno any indi- Autism was first described and named thing called autism, but that there are autisms Millions of dollars have been se as autistic - som - the broad categories of “regressive” and spent to determine what autism so - contributed pr in 1943 and was said to comprise three is, what causes it, and how we e severely common characteristics: “non-regressive” types, as well as subtypes ofoundly to our ar within these categories. To help clear up the might prevent or cure it. And t, our math, our sc • Autistic children prefer to relate to our literature. “ objects over people controversy, the National Institute of Mental thatʼs all to the good. Weʼre on ience, and Health launched a vast study last September the brink of learning which genes • Theyʼre obsessed with maintaining to identify variants and refine the way doctors predispose a child to autism and routines and sameness in their lives make diagnoses. So as prevalent as autism is. what might trigger its onset. • They tend to seek complete aloneness, While a cure is not yet in sight, shutting out the world around them. DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT evʼve begun to figure out what -- Morton Gernsba works for some children, in terms cher, parent of an How can you know - and how ealry can you find out - if your child falls anywhere on the broad of intervention between the ages autistic child. concerns. spectrum? of 12 months and 5 years. “I While the disorder has always been said to do think, on balance, kids are represent a “spectrum,” or range, of problems, Parents whoʼve noted that their 14-month old doing better,” says Dr. Volkmar. today more children than in the past whose doesnʼt babble or point, is losing skills, or “Twenty-five years ago, when I symptoms show both moreand less- severity isnʼt talking by 18 months should talk to their did my first follow-up on adults are included. For instance,kids with Asperger pediatrician and get a deveopmental screening. Iʼd diagnosed as kids - kids syndrome, which refers to high intelligence If it indicates a possible problem, you should be who never had any intervention without language deficits but with social referred to a specialist who can evaluate your - only about two percent could impairments, are placed on the spectrum, as child further using tools such as the Autism are those whose symptoms are so severe that Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), a live along, hold a job. But since a generation ago they would have been termed workup done by observing and interacting with we started mandating education mentally retarded. the child. and services, weʼre seeing more independent kids. Iʼd say that No one disputes that the number of children That said, getting a qualified medical two percent has become more diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder diagnosis for an infant or a toddler is not the like twenty.” In other words, (ASD) has gone way up compared with statistics straightforward process it should be. Thereʼs weʼre doing ten times better than from 30 years ago. “tremendous variability” in the skill that public we were doing a generation ago But as widespread as ASD appears to be- agencies and private practices bring to the Thatʼs the “growing number” affecting as many as 1 in every 150 children, screening process, says Fred Volkmar, M.D., we s h o u l d b e a w a r e o f . according to the Centers for Disease Control chairman of the Department of Child Study at and Prevention - experts agree that it cannot be Yale University. “Weʼve put a lot of money into A n d thatʼs the evidence we called an “epidemic. research but not enough into translating that should start seeing. research into medical practice.” The fact is, itʼs impossible to compare how common autism is today with 10 or 20 years And a sound diagnosis is only the beginning. AUTI ago. Not only are doctors better at spotting Treatment is the next step, and there are no ASD, so the diagnosis is more frequent, but fewer than ten types of interventions offered many experts say that doctorsʼ interpretation nationwide that work to some degree, says Dr. of the spectrum has become so inclusive that Volkmar. a diagnosis of autism is no diagnosis at all. “The use of the term has expanded to the point But usually only one type is available in any one where children referred to me as autistic lack area. Making a choice (if there is one) between the social deficit, which is the core symptom,” or among approaches not easy on the parent, -BRIAN DINOT WHAT IS AUTISM? says Susan Swedo, M.D., a pediatrician and the either, because theyʼre arenʼt clear standards to Family Living 3 A tism seems to be everywhere these days - in newspapers, on TV, even on bumper Research demonstrates that autistic traits DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT are distributed into the non- into translating that research into medical stickers. The rate is skyrocketing,reports autistic population; some people have more of them, some have How can you know - and how ealry can you find out - if your child falls anywhere on the practice.” fewer. History suggests that broad spectrum? And a sound diagnosis is only the beginning. many individuals whom we Treatment is the next step, and there are no say. We all seem to know of at least one would today diagnose as autistic - some severely so - contributed Parents whoʼve noted that their 14-month old doesnʼt babble or point, is losing skills, fewer than ten types of interventions offered nationwide that work to some degree, says profoundly to our art, our math, or isnʼt talking by 18 months should talk to Dr. Volkmar. our science, and our literature. “ their pediatrician and get a deveopmental child “on the spectrum.” -- Morton Gernsbacher, parent of an autistic child. screening. If it indicates a possible problem, you should be referred to a specialist who can But usually only one type is available in any one area. Making a choice (if there is evaluate your child further using tools such as one) between or among approaches not the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule easy on the parent, either, because theyʼre And since the latest (ADOS), a workup done by observing and interacting with the child. arenʼt clear standards to go by. But using the wrong intervention for a child with ASD can squander a precious window of That said, getting a qualified medical opportunity. Learning is life long, but many diagnosis for an infant or a toddler is not the kids who receive intensive intervention early, buzz suggests that early straightforward process it should be. Thereʼs “tremendous variability” in the skill that in their first five years, do better than those who receive it later.” Establishing treatment public agencies and private practices bring standards so parents can choose effective to the screening process, says Fred Volkmar, programs is the mission of the newly intervention is crucial for M.D., chairman of the Department of Child Study at Yale University. “Weʼve put a organized NAC (National Autism Center). lot of money into research but not enough successful treatment, parents AUTISM of ever younger children are searching for signs. Would AUTISM FACTS your pediatrician recognize • 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism • 1 in 94 boys is on the autism spectrum them? Would you? The hype • 67 children are diagnosed per day • A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes is worrisome, but the truth • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. behind it should ease some • • Autism costs the nation over $90 billion per year, a figure expected to double in the next decade Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism • There is no medical detection or cure for autism 4 Family Living 7 J E I G H H A L L N E W M E D I A D E S I G N E R E.JHNMD@JEIGHHALL.COM P. 2 2 9 - 9 4 7 - 4 4 5 5 W . W W W . J E I G H H A L L . C O M
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