The psychometrics initiative focuses on improving and developing psychological assessments for screening and diagnosing children with autism. The initiative was kicked off in 1997 with a CAN-organized meeting to develop a practical screening tool, the Autism Screening and Diagnostic Evaluation , for primary care physicians.
To spur more research in this area, CAN issued a specific request for proposals (RFP) on psychometrics. As a result of the RFP, CAN funded four grants related to developing quantitative tools to better assess autism.
Psychometrics Initiative Grants:
The Pre-school Social Communication Assessment Measure (PSCAM): Sensitivity to Developmental Change and Early Intervention Efforts
–Tony Charman, Ph.D., Institute of Child Health, United Kingdom
To Further Develop Several Methods for Reliable, Quantitative, and Reproducible Measures of Attention, and of Implicit and Explicit Memory for Individuals with Autism
–Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Quantitative Psychophysiologic Evaluation of Sensory Processing in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
–Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Social Communication Skills Assessment System for Children with Autism: The ESCS-L and the PICS
–Peter Mundy, Ph.D., University of Miami
In addition to these grants, in 2005 CAN awarded a psychometrics initiative bridge grant to researchers who are working to develop cognitive assessment tools for non-verbal individuals with autism. This population is traditionally under-served because it is often extremely difficult to gauge their intellectual abilities.
Cognitive Assessment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: A Comparative Neuropsychological Perspective
–Norton Milgram, Ph.D., University of Toronto at Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.