posted on Mar, 22 2013 @ 02:52 AM
Autism, is a "spectrum"
Quoted from the OP's source:
“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a set of complex neurodevelopment disorders that include autistic disorder, Asperger disorder, and pervasive
developmental disorder not otherwise specified (1). Children who have ASD display mild to severe impairments in social interaction and communication
along with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors, interests, and activities.”
In other words, we are going to lump anything into this category.
This rise is nothing more than statistical manipulation.
WTH is "pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified" besides an excuse to cook the books, and maybe make some money of of more
I make no claims to be an expert on this, but I will give you my reasons for stating so:
1. I used to volunteer for the local Special Olympics.
2. My mother as a nurse, used to be stationed at a local school for the mentally impaired (young to about 25 or 30). Hence my connection with Special
My old band, back in high school, even played for a few of their School socials (read as dances, although it is certainly a different experience).
There is a distinct difference in personalities from someone who is truly Autistic and someone who is not. From my position there is no way to confuse
the two, and there is no way I have met one who is out of every 50 people I have met.
Between life and work, I interact with maybe 1000 people a year. I can think of 3 who would be on the spectrum, and maybe another 10 who have been
told they were.
Again, I'm not an expert, just going on my observations.
edit on 22-3-2013 by randomtangentsrme because: Forgot to add my conclusion.