Young & Old, Autistic Individuals Have Nowhere To Go

Adolescents and young adults with severe autism may still have the mental age of a child, and short-term care to stabilize those in crisis who are nonverbal or combative is practically nonexistent. Longer-term care can be almost as hard to find. It must be highly specialized, usually involving intensive behavioral therapy; someone with severe autism gets little benefit from traditional psychiatric services.

Christina Jewett’s article has all good points, but this too stands true for adults with Autism. Many people with autism have serious comorbid conditions. Autism is not just mental health it is medical – a whole body disability.

Read Kaiser Health News’ full article here.

Autism Is Medical

Someone sent this link to me and suggested I share. I agree with most of what it has to say…

Autism is medical. Tyler was officially given the diagnosis of encephalopathy NOS many years ago by a neurologist, and then eosinophilic esophagitis, and then irritable bowel syndrome, and then metabolic disorder. You get the idea. These kids are medically sick we just call it autism to package it nicely and this is why please do NOT buy into the light it up blue nonsense groups like autism speaks will be selling during “autism month” in April.

Nothing to celebrate here folks we need real conversation and real answers to help this generation of sick kids.