AutisM or AutistIC

Does the term “AUTISTIC” bug you? Should we say a child has “autisM” versus a child is “autistIC”? I was corrected when I used the term “autistic” and told I should instead say my son has “autism” or just say autism. Huh? Oh just great! Another ISM!
Perhaps “autistic” make some feel as if “autism” is contagious. “AutisIC makes autISM a thing with the ability to metastasize. That’s what “they” think…I think. I don’t think I appreciated being “corrected”.

If we say “autistic” in our conversations, do we not know we’re talking about “autism“? Maybe I missed something.
“Autism” specifies the diagnosis, while “autisic” implies characteristics of autism. I’m not aware of any empirical research that examines the effects of using autism versus autistic…and don’t care to look for any. I took two years of medical terminology and aced every course. Not that two years certifies expertship if you will, but it’s certainly the precursor to specialized know-how. I’m aware of how a suffix can alter the meaning of a procedure or function. I did well in English too…unless my instructors just pushed me through. I know autisic “pertains to” autism. Well, unless you’re a doctor or news reporter (and even they say “autistic” when covering a story/person diagnosed with “autism“)…who must absolutely get it right, lest they suffer backlash on semantics…all bets are on those of us dealing directly with the ISM of being autistic, know that semantics doesn’t draw a distinguished line between having autism or having the characteristics of being autistic. Even if you’re not dealing with autism, you know too, that the two are related. We know we are dealing with autism by any suffix. Enlighten me or um, “correct” me. Is it really that serious?

“If I Had A Retard For A Kid”

A very real experience in the life of autism. What happened just ticked me off. (sorry)

“If I Had A Retard For A Kid” 2 « Life Of Jason

I am so sick of parents and caregivers handling autism everyday being reprimanded and patronized by people who are completely out of touch!
Tom, whoever you are, your comments clearly indicate that you are truly, genuinely disconnected from anybody’s reality other than your own. I am not one who will typically denounce a post, but you don’t have a clue about dealing with autism. (or people of color…that was a shallow, mindless, assinine comment).

No, Jason was not wrong to respond the way he did. He was quite polite! Parents who have children with autism tend to feel obligated to explain behaviors that make other people uncomfortable. There isn’t anyone in this world more uncomfortable than the caregivers who are living every single day with the challenges of autism. We don’t have to tell anybody anything short of “take a long walk off a short pier” when our children are being insulted.
No, our children do not deserve to be insulted anymore than your child or anybody else’s children. I agree, when a person decides to go to a public F-A-M-I-L-Y facility of any sort, children are going to be there. Duh! Don’t want to be bothered with kids? Then don’t go to a kid-friendly establishment. If grandma wanted a quiet meal, then she should have went to a quiet restaurant. Here is something else. Whether anybody likes it or not, AUTISM IS A VERY NORMAL PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE. It is not atypical anymore. It is not abnormal anymore. It is everyday. It is real. It is prevalent. It will not go away and we won’t apologize to anybody else for it.
Why don’t you…next time…take a moment to wear a puzzle piece. Why don’t you become a part of the solution instead of a very real part of a stereo-typical problem in society about mental illnesses and autism. Try volunteering. That’ll be a test of true character and willingness to help make other people comfy with autism. Dare to step away from the privilege of your own incubated experience.

No Tom, you don’t offend people with your brashness…you don’t get brownie points for thinking in your mind that being brash merits applause. It’s your narrow-minded stupidity that’s amazing.
It’s too bad she wasn’t more compassionate. Considering she has one foot on the grave and the other on a banana peel, she’ll be looking for the very grace she couldn’t find in her own heart to lend to a child.

Teaching Methods for Autistic Children

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Teaching Methods for Autistic Children « The Jet Set Zen

My son does not have a “psychological” disorder by the name of autism. He has a NEUROLOGICAL disorder called autism. Yes in “recent” years autism research has increased, yet even with the increase in studies and research, there are still no “experts” because “experts” in my personal opinion provide solid, proven solutions & expert application to a problem. The presumed medical/professional experts have yet to even agree that autism is not psychological. Terpstra, Higgins and Pierce is most certainly not the voice for everything autism. A multidisciplinary team including a neurologist is imperative to a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Personal theories in psychology is why Freud’s theories hold limited interest in modern psychology.

While the information you provide is well intended, perhaps practical for some and to those with a new diagnosis, it comes across as a text trained, overly authoritative voice for Terpstra, Higgins and Pierce. They are not the all encompassing voice of autism treatment.

I want to know who is going to foot the bill for diagnosis. Who is going to push insurance companies to include health coverage for autism spectrum disorderS. Who is going to pay for minimum 20-25 hours a week of therapy. Who cares about the millions of families carrying this diagnosis with no insurance or no insurance provisions. Who cares about those typically not included in Newsweek, Time or CNN…those on the low-functioning end of the autism spectrum?

Who is going to address the psychological impact of not having expert answers (absent from freedictionary.com) to those very real issues.

 

Covering autism

I’ve watched Larry King’s episodes dedicated to autism. I’ve seen, read and heard celebrities inject hope for the future of autism. The future of autism was yesterday. In all the dialogue about autism, early diagnosis and early intervention, who is going to pay the bill for early diagnosis, interventions and treatments.