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Playing With Words

Jeannette1900 Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 12:44 PM
It could be that we have a couple of houses of Congress with terminal cases of autism. Not every member, of course, but it would be easy to pull the "right" ones aside. When a child is impossible to control, it's much easier to lay a label on them, thus absolving the parents of much responsibility. That's just my view. The way I understand it, true autism is a nightmare for child and parents.
daniel684 Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 3:40 PM
My son has autism & is 20 yrs old, I will only go to the top doctors for my sons care which means I pay 100% out of my pocket. I average close to 25,000 a year in medical bills but I do not receive any subsidies I guess because I work. (out of network zero coverage for Autism) The tax code also hits at the end of the year because there is a 7.5% cap that the medical expenses have to exceed before any is deductible. You are right it is a nightmare for us & my son. I truly believe is was the vaccines, & then I have a daughter that graduated with a biology degree from Johns Hopkins Univ.
TexasChris Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 12:55 PM
No, mostly just parents. For autistic children, the disorder is the norm. Their reality is different from ours. It is parents who really, really suffer. There is usually an emotional disconnect, a decided lack of communication, very little understanding of what their child is experienceing.

It's hell on parents.
Henry VIII Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 1:03 PM
Yes, it is awful on parents if it is true autism; all too often teachers want to lump kids who are not autistic into that group or into special ed., which solves nothing. Moreover, teachers don't have the skills to diagnose squat....I have worked in schools all my adult life, I have watched this happen over and over.
Henry VIII Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 12:53 PM
Teachers don't want these kids in their classroom either, so they get a label tattooed to the child and send them off to Special Ed. and out of their hair. My son struggled in grade school; the teachers were at my throat to label him special ed. I refused, I knew he was just immature. Today, he is finishing his last year in nuclear radiology technology...no easy program to complete. I was right, the teachers were wrong, and I will never forgive them for what they attempted to do to my son.
Jeannette1900 Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 1:21 PM
Good for you, Henry VIII, and good for your son! I wish that all "special cases" like this would wind up with such a happy ending.

I do believe, not having had any direct experience, that the pronouncement of this disorder is overused; the consequence is that everybody suffers -- the entire class, the teachers, the parents, and the child.
Anne384 Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 1:49 PM
I too have a granddaughter the teachers tried to label as autistic. She was very shy and a late talker. Several years later she is talking up a storm to people she knows and making very good grades. She reads above grade level. She still does not talk around strangers. Not a bad thing!
topperj2 Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 2:57 PM
Unfortunately, with "mainstreaming," S.E. kids are usually in the same room as normal kids. The result is that the clas is bogged down in teaching to the L.C.D. and the normal kids suffer. But that's OK. Who needs gifted kids, anyway? Those programs are being shut down to make sure we have "fairness" in the classrom. Once again, the will of the minority wrecks havoc on what's left of education.
Would anyone work to support themselves or their families -- and then turn over a chunk of that hard-earned money to somebody else, just because of the words used by that somebody else?

A few people may be taken in by the words of con men, here and there, but the larger tragedy is that millions more are taken in by the words of politicians, the top-of-the-line con men.

How do politicians con people out of their money? One example can be found in a recent article titled "The Autism-Welfare Nexus" by Paul Sperry in "Investor's Business Daily."

Genuine autism is a truly tragic...