That seems very insensitive to those who may have a child/ren with autism and is discounting any good that their being born could be. You may disagree, but that's just the way it reads to me.
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04-04-2012 06:44 #11
04-04-2012 06:45 #12
I do get that we have better diagnoses now but hasn't it gone from 1 in 1200 in the 80,s to what OP said now 1 in 80? That seems like a massive jump, surely it can't be just that? We were all talking about it on the weekend too, my niece has Aspergers but no one else in the family has any traits however it is supposed to be genetic I think? Does anyone know what the medical profession think about the massive increase?
04-04-2012 06:47 #13Senior Member
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I think it's likely a combination of increased awareness nowadays and one other thing... I just cannot turn my head and look the other way to all the hormones in our foods and vaccines we have. Id always thought vaccines played a role and I found out last year that children born to military parents are at increased risk and I dont see how one couldnt think the link is all the vaccines the military members are forced to get. I do understand hoe commob autism is, which is why I brought it up. I have a few family members with it and many friends who have autistic children.
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04-04-2012 06:48 #14
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04-04-2012 06:56 #16
Health care workers, and even freqent travellers would have more vaccinations than the median population, but I haven't heard of there being a higher incidence of autism in those social groups.
Just my 2 cents!
As for your original question, I will just echo what the others have said. I think it is just that there is an increased diagnosis rather than increased autism!
04-04-2012 07:06 #17
04-04-2012 07:20 #18
because there is more information.
imo, when u have a child that struggles and is miserable, distressed, scared ALL.THE.TIME, a dx is a blessing. dx = help.
i've been miserable my whole life, maybe that would have been different if more information was out there, if i had of gotten help? who knows.
04-04-2012 07:28 #19
I hadn't heard a military-autism link, but would also guess that any correlation would be due to military attracting ASD, what with the rigid rules structure and fixed hierarchical interpersonal interactions.
Being a kid in Silicon Valley is a risk factor for autism, because the characteristics that make good computer programmers are ASD. I think having an engineer as a parent might also be a risk factor, for the same reason.
Edit: I'm not diagnosed ASD. I did consider military (and engineering, ADFA) because I thought it might make interpersonal interactions easier, and little things like not needing to decide for myself what time is the "correct" time to get out of bed and stuff like that. (Expectations are based entirely on movie/TV.)
I've had to painstakingly learn the "rules" for social interaction throughout my life. I nearly always remember to say hello when I see people now, but still think it's stupid and unnecessary to have to do so. ((Can't you see me without me speaking? If not, you're rude, not me.)) Whenever I wanted to quit school (start homeschool or something) mum always told me school wasn't for learning the subjects (I was really good as them), but to learn social interaction, so I did.
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04-04-2012 07:29 #20
I was sending parcels to my hubby for weeks when he was first deployed. I can't organize preschool for my daughter cos we don't know we're we will live, I can't organize our holiday cos I don't know when DH will be back from afghan *I* think military life is far from organized!!
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