Sharp and to the point. From Chavisory.
I’ve often been referred to as an “optimal outcome” case. Many “NT-acting” autists are. This is, to me, not a compliment at all – it merely reveals the dominating rigid NT-biased frameworks that autistics have had to labour under. We need a better way forward than this.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” wrote William Faulkner, and I couldn’t help being reminded of that line as I read the recent article “Compulsions, anxiety replace autism in some children,” from Spectrum magazine.
An estimated 9 percent of children with autism achieve a so-called ‘optimal outcome.’ But nearly all of these children years later develop related conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression, the new study suggests.
“The majority of the group with a past history of autism are vulnerable to developing other psychiatric disorders,” says lead investigator Nahit Motavalli Mukaddes, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Istanbul Institute of Child Psychiatry in Turkey.
So let’s get something straight right off the bat.
There is—so far as has ever been revealed—no such thing as a “past history of autism.”
If children who lose a diagnosis are socially compensating to…
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