Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Crucial Importance of Early Diagnosis

It seems the world is now awash in paeans to the importance of early diagnosis of autism in young children, and I guess looking back on the experience with my own son, I would have to go along. In our case, early recognition kept our family from accidentally stumbling into such traps as ABA, Risperdal, or chelation therapy, and it is hard to imagine what horrors we might be dealing with around here had we inadvertently gone down one of those roads.

1 comment:

jypsy said...

"Early diagnosis" - as in 1980's vs 2008 - was pretty crucial to us too - the autism world then had a lot fewer traps and a lot less crap. It was touched by snake oil and quackery (and even ABA), but it's a long way from what it is today.