Archived | Autism Speaks: Diagnosis | Circa February 2005 #NotAnAutisticAlly #AutisticHistory

Screenshot of Autism Speaks: Diagnosis webpage in 2005. Full text below.

[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]


Presently, autism cannot be diagnosed by any one medical test. An accurate diagnosis can only be made after a trained professional has observed the communication, behavior, and developmental skills of the individual. Parental (and other caregivers’) input and developmental history can be very important in the diagnosis process.

 Many of the traits associated with autism are shared by other disorders, such as hearing loss, speech problems, mental retardation and neurological problems. Because of this, it is not uncommon to order various medical tests to rule out or identify other possible causes of the symptoms being exhibited. Distinguishing autism from other conditions is crucial, as an accurate diagnosis and early identification will aid in the creation of an appropriate and effective educational program and treatment regimen. 

Once other conditions have been ruled out, it is necessary to visit a professional who specializes in autism. Experts in autism may come from a variety of disciplines, including child psychiatry and psychology, developmental pediatrics or pediatric neurology.

Autism specialists use a variety of methods to identify the disorder. Using a standardized rating scale, the specialist closely observes the child’s language and behavior. A structured interview is also used to elicit information from parents about the child’s behavior and early development. The specialist may also test for certain genetic and neurological problems.

After assessing observations and test results, the specialist makes a diagnosis of autism only if there is clear evidence of poor or limited social relationships, underdeveloped communications skills, repetitive behaviors, interests, and activities. People with autism generally have some impairment within each category, although the severity of each symptom may vary. The diagnostic criteria also require that these symptoms appear by age 3.

Some specialists may be reluctant to give a diagnosis of autism, however, as they fear it may cause the parents to lose hope. Because of this, the specialist may apply a more general term that simply describes the child’s behaviors or sensory deficits. For example, children with milder or fewer symptoms are often diagnosed as having Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).

Although terms like PDD do not significantly change treatment options, they may keep the child from receiving the full range of specialized educational services available to children diagnosed with autism. They may also give parents false hope that their child’s problems are only temporary.

Research has shown, however, that early diagnosis can lead to dramatically better results for those suffering from autism. With an early diagnosis, the child can immediately begin benefiting from one of the many specialized intervention approaches.

Again, while there is no one test that can diagnose autism, several specialized screening methods have been developed that are now used in diagnosing autism.

To see a description of several of these methods, as provided by The Autism Society of America, click here.

Information furnished by The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH).



Autism Speaks
An Autism Speaks Initiative
Interactive Autism Network (IAN)
Cure Autism Now
Autism Clinical Trials Network (ACTN)
Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE)
Autism TIssue Program (ATP)
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)
Autism Treatment Network (ATN)
Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P)
Autism Care Network
Alpha Xi Delta
Parents As Partners


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 workIn 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.

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