Posts tagged: Autism

Opportunities and Perils of Extremely Early “Autism” Intervention

Autism, Parent-Blaming and False ‘Cures’ Once again the mainstream autism field risks blaming parents for the cause of autism. This time, through studies often funded by relative-led organisations. The “refrigerator mother” hypothesis blamed supposedly cold parenting for autism. Some of the families who were socially isolated and even split apart by this way of thinking… Read more »

Chasing “Normal”: When Do Scientific Representations of Autism Hinder the Search for Effective Interventions?

by Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, The City University of New York What do you really think autism is? When one autism researcher asked four other autism researchers this, our answers were strikingly different. Viewpoints on autism are as diverse as autism itself is. The label autism is applied to varied individuals, including people who never speak and… Read more »