For those of us here in Autism World, it's an exciting / freaky time, what with the possible changes to the autism diagnostic criteria in the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The New York Times successfully freaked us all out with a study about how those changes might impact people with autism, but after a cold hard look at the proposed changes, I (and several other people) are calling bulls**t on that study.
In my opinion, the DSM-V criteria may actually be more inclusive. See my post at Strollerderby on Why I'm Not Freaking Out About the New Autism Diagnosis Changes.
I mentioned this on my Facebook page, but in case you missed it, I happened to have a meeting this week with a psychiatrist and a special education coordinator for our school district. I asked about what would happen to kids with existing PDD-NOS diagnoses, and Asperger diagnoses, for example. I was told that all of those people would now just be re-classified as "Autism Spectrum Disorder." At least in our district, no one will lose educational services, which are supposed to be based on need, not diagnosis, anyway. I know that's just one district, but it's positive, so I thought I'd share it.
All that being said, there's no denying it's all very, very worrying to parents of kids with autism, and adults on the spectrum, too. In an effort to explain to the rest of the world why we're all so worried about the proposed changes to the autism criteria in the DSM-V, I ran What Happens If You Lose Your Autism Diagnosis? on Redbook.
|(Image courtesy of NickMom.)|
In funnier stuff, over at NickMom, I had:
- Games for Kids With Cabin Fever
- Top 9 Responses to Unsolicited Parenting Advice
- I Wish I Could Be Like ... Estelle Costanza. Because you know you miss Seinfeld.
- Also, I contributed to NickMom's daily Take 5, which gives you the motherfunny take on the day's news.
|I also came up with a brilliant Etsy |
business idea: crocheted merkins!
You could call it CrotchCrochet.
OMG, wait! I almost forgot! I also had a thing over on Strollerderby about a Toddlers & Tiaras mom suing several media outlets for sexualizing her five-year-old daughters. Obviously, being on Toddlers & Tiaras wouldn't have done that in the first place, right? And it certainly didn't happen when she let her daughter be videotaped singing LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It." For more on that special brand of crazy, see Toddlers and Tiaras Mom Sues Media For 'Sexualizing' 5-Year-Old.