Dr. Charles Sophy
Medical Director, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
(the nation's largest foster care operation)
Uneducated opinions such as Mr. Savage's are truly reprehensible. There is NOTHING fraudulent about Autism! It is a real medical condition. It is like saying there's no such thing as a broken leg.
It's not that there are necessarily more autistic people in the world now, but parents and medical experts in the U.S. today are more aware of and more apt to explore "unusual" behaviors or developmental delays in babies and toddlers.
Moreover, there is no medicine for autism. So overmedicating or over prescribing for autism is not a possibility. Many people with autism, however, do have co-morbid disorders i.e. depression, anxiety, mood disorders etc. which sometimes do require and respond very well to medication.
Most importantly, early intervention for autism is key. Any developmental delays or unusual behaviors should be explored early on by an expert. In this way, a mild developmental delay (not on the autistic spectrum) can be helped along, and a true case of autism will have the best chance for an optimum outcome.
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