DISCLAIMER: Before you go all postal on me. I am not a “cure” person. I do not believe that autism can or should be cured. It’s just that a little sarcasm does the psyche good and I don’t look good in jail house orange.
THIS JUST IN…
An 8 yr old Missouri boy has been cured of Autism. Per his case manager, who by all reports has lost his damn mind, the boy who presented several years ago with symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome and has now been miraculously cured.
It was in Kindergarten that the boy first received an Asperger’s diagnosis. After discussing some of his unique behaviours with his parents, his Kindergarten teacher strongly urged his parents to seek independent diagnosis from outside the school system. His parents did that and after going thru the diagnosis process it was determined by an outside source that the boy did in fact have Asperger’s Syndrome.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with Asperger’s Syndrome typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics. Doctors group Asperger’s Syndrome with other conditions that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. These disorders all involve problems with social skills and communication. Asperger’s Syndrome is generally thought to be at the milder end of this spectrum. While there’s no cure for Asperger’s Syndrome, if your child has the condition treatment can help him or her learn how to interact more successfully in social situations.
After fact checking with several agencies that specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorder’s we are baffled at the turn of events that have unfolded here. It’s nothing short of a miracle.
UPDATE TO EARLIER STORY:
It seems folks we have been misinformed. The boy thought to have been cured of Autism, still in fact has Autism. His new official diagnosis is PPD-NOS, which is in fact an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We tried to follow-up with the case manager who originally reported about the cure but he has no comment. No comment probably because he knows that he was wrong and all he had to do was check Google to determine his statement made him look like a complete asshat!
**I think I need to follow this sarcasm with a short disclaimer that his case manager up until that very moment has been an absolute gem and has been instrumental in the leaps and bounds my boy has made in the last year. I don’t know if he was having a rough day or if in fact he didn’t know that what he was saying was completely ignorant, but we love him dearly and can’t thank him enough for the skills he has helped teach our boy. **