Mr. Burton. First of all, I'll start with you, Dr. Dankner. Your daughter--whom I see sitting over there and is a lovely young lady--acquired her autistic condition--was this from birth? Dr. Dankner. No. She had the typical description that has been more commonly described of showing behaviors that became more and more obvious from about 14 to 18 months of age. Mr. Burton. When she was 14 months or thereabouts, did she receive any shots? Dr. Dankner. She received the normal vaccine schedule of immunizations as recommended by the American Academic of Pediatrics and the---- Mr. Burton. What shots were those? Dr. Dankner. She received her MMR at about 15\1/2\ months of age. Mr. Burton. And when did she manifest or change? Dr. Dankner. She was manifesting subtle changes before that. It was obvious to us; we just did not know what to attribute it to at that time or what the issues were. We used to joke that compared to our older son, she seemed to be on an ``independent study program.'' Mr. Burton. Did she receive any other shots when you started seeing the manifestation of autism? Dr. Dankner. She had received her previous shots at about 6 months of age. Mr. Burton. And had she received any others close to the time she started developing autism? Dr. Dankner. Not at that time, no. Mr. Burton. There were no other shots? Dr. Dankner. No, because at 12 months, essentially, you just get your PPD to screen for tuberculosis, which in California is potentially prevalent. Mr. Burton. When she started manifesting these signs, did she get worse after the MMR shot, or did it have any effect at all? Dr. Dankner. We did not notice any difference in her behavior; in fact, she got her second dose of MMR at about 5 years of age, and there was definitively no change in her behavior after that. She pretty much continued on in her mode of autistic behavior that required, in our opinion, a definitive educational approach to address her needs. Mr. Burton. Thank you, Doctor. Mr. Bono, when did your child start manifesting signs of autism? Mr. Bono. Within about 30 days of the MMR. Mr. Burton. So when did---- Mr. Bono. Quite honestly, when my wife had said, ``Don't you see?'' I think mothers have a much keener sense of behaviors with their infants. Mr. Burton. I understand, but what I am trying to find out is she received the MMR shot, and you and your wife started noticing a change---- Mr. Bono. Indeed; exactly. Mr. Burton [continuing]. In 30 days, you said? Mr. Bono. Well, within hours of the shot, we went home, and there was no sleeping that night, and he had rashes on his body---- Mr. Burton. And it got progressively worse? Mr. Bono [continuing]. And over the next week, there were gastrointestinal problems, and finally, full blown behaviors that were odd. Mr. Burton. And how old was your child when that started? Mr. Bono. I think it was right at 16 months. Mr. Burton. Sixteen months. Ms. Smith, when did your child start manifesting a change in behavior? Ms. Smith. Well, at 16 months when they received the host of multiple vaccines, including the---- Mr. Burton. Which were what? What were all those shots? Ms. Smith. The DPT, the Hib--it was their fourth DPT, their fourth Hib, their third hepatitis B, and their first MMR on that day--they came home, they slept for 24 hours, most of that time, did not eat a whole lot, long periods of sleep, had over 100-degree temperatures in spite of giving them Tylenol before the vaccine and during the entire 24 hours. After that time, I figured, well, Jacob is sick again, because he was just kind of out of it and did not seem real interested in much---- Mr. Burton. But this was at about 16 months---- Ms. Smith. Right, right. Mr. Burton [continuing]. That you started seeing the manifest change in the child with autism. Ms. Smith. Right. And when we did go to the pediatrician, they just passed it off as his asserting his independence. Mr. Burton. OK. Ms. Reynolds. Ms. Reynolds. Liam got his shot on June 27, 1997. That is when he got his MMR and his Hib. That was the day before he turned 17 months old. A week later, I went to visit my parents in Maryville, TN for July 4th, and we started seeing some very strange, different behaviors showing up then. He would not come when we called his name. He was doing weird pattern movements up against the wall--but it was within a week. Mr. Burton. So it was right after he received the MMR shot. Ms. Reynolds. Yes, sir. Mr. Burton. OK. Mr. Smythe. Mr. Smythe. At about 20 months, our son--I included in the record his vaccine schedule and my other children's, and interestingly, he was given hepatitis B the day he was born and then received the other two shots, one of them 30 days later, and another about 8 months later. He received 12 vaccines in the first 6 months, as the record shows, as compared to our other children who did not, in fact, receive the hepatitis B until a year after he received his third shot. Mr. Burton. When did he start---- Mr. Smythe. Right after the MMR, at 20 months. Mr. Burton. At 20 months, right after the MMR. So you four people right here are all in concert that right after the MMR shot, you started seeing the manifest change in your children. Is that correct? Ms. Smith. Yes. Mr. Smythe. Yes. Ms. Reynolds. Yes. Mr. Bono. Yes. Mr. Burton. And your child, Mr. Curtis? Mr. Curtis. I guess I have to be the dissenting opinion on this end of the table. I do not really remember the specific day of Morgan's MMR shots or any of his immunizations. He did not really exhibit any behaviors--it was not anything that he did--it was what he never did. It was the fact that he never talked. And again, as I mentioned, it was a very gradual process. I think his idiosyncratic behaviors of lining up his toys and the self-stimulatory behavior, the flapping of the hands, the spinning, all really started after he was 2 years old. It seemed like once we had a word for it, then it almost got worse. We have thought about this a lot, because this is a very common theory. You read about it on the net, and you talk with other parents, and my wife and I have both discussed it at length, and we really do not see any correlation between the time of his immunizations and the onset of any specific or more intense behaviors. Mr. Burton. OK. My last question, then, would be did you notice shortly after his birth, as he was progressing, some problems then? Mr. Curtis. I think, yes. The reason I say ``I think'' is because we wanted to believe that he was a late talker, a late developer. The only thing we noticed was that he was not speaking and that he did not seem to react to the things that we did with him--but otherwise, he was a very normal, happy baby. He played, he interacted, he made lots of noises. He just never formed words and almost did not seem to react to our speech. For a long time, we were very concerned about his hearing, that maybe he did not hear properly. In fact, when his hearing was tested, in the first test, they said he was deaf, and once they did the brainstem test that was conclusive, it turned out that his hearing was absolutely fine; it was just that he was not reacting to sound or voice. Mr. Burton. Thank you, Mr. Curtis, very much. I want to yield--go ahead. Mr. Smythe. I am sorry. I also noticed that my son was given the DPT vaccines the same day he was given the MMR. So he got six vaccines on the same day. Ms. Smith. So did mine. Mr. Smythe. Yours did, also? OK. Mr. Burton. Thank you. Mr. Waxman. Mr. Waxman. It takes a lot of courage for all of you to be here, and I want you to know how much I appreciate it, especially when you are talking about something personal and painful. And, I know you are here to try to help us understand what you are going through so that we can try to find out about autism, and so that we can spare others from going through what you are going through. There is legislation--this committee does not have legislative authority; it has the ability to hold hearings and get information. But the committee that has legislative jurisdiction, which I am also on, is the Commerce Committee, and there, we have a bill, H.R. 3301, which incorporates legislation by Congressman Greenwood, Congressman Bilirakis. Both Mr. Burton and I are on that bill, and it would do a lot to research more about the prevalence and ways to deal with autism. I hope that will give us some of these answers that we so desperately want. Dr. Dankner, you are in a unique position. You are the father of an autistic child, and you are also a pediatrician and an expert on infectious diseases. But your testimony, is that you do not think there is sound evidence linking autism to the MMR vaccine. How can you say that when the other parents have given us evidence that, in their view, their children developed autism after the vaccine? Isn't that sound evidence? As a scientist, how do you think we should consider it, and what do we need to prove that there is a connection, if there is one? Dr. Dankner. One thing is that I am not here to invalidate the testimony of the other individuals. I know that from their heart, they feel that these events occurred in relation to a specific time and place, and it would be wrong for me to make a challenge to anyone on this panel. This is a personal issue for a number of these individuals. However, as a clinical scientist, when we do research--I take care of HIV-infected children--it is important to identify causal events so that we do not do, as I mentioned, harm on either side of the fence of any of these issues. And I think it is important that if this committee or the scientific world feels that there is not enough evidence to generate a causal link between vaccinations and autism or any other disorder, those studies need to be done and that people then should look at those studies in a critical view, with appropriate peer review, and all individuals who are purporting one position versus another should be able to stand under the light of appropriate peer review to ensure that the scientific information is collected appropriately, analyzed appropriately, and discussed in an open forum and not in closed sessions, to ensure that the best information is provided to everyone so that, again, best decisions can be made by individuals. I would like to bring a personal perspective as an infectious disease doctor. Unlike the other panel members, I have been on the other side of the fence and have seen children who have been harmed by vaccine-preventable diseases. I live close to the border, where the vaccination rate in Mexico is not the same as in the United States. I have seen children who have developed congenital rubella, a lifelong disabling condition. I have seen children die of measles during a measles epidemic in San Diego 10 years ago, even with the pretty reasonable vaccine rates for a highly transmissible disease. I have seen children suffer from pertussis, hospitalized at significant rates. That position puts me in a position of being cautious about making any links, because if the vaccine rates fall in the United States, I can almost guarantee from my own personal experience that there will be individuals who will suffer on the other side of the fence, and those are the individuals that this committee usually does not hear about. Mr. Waxman. I am not a scientist. I studied science at different levels of my education, and when I studied science, I was told that there is a scientific method to try to get answers, and the scientific method sometimes took a theory or a hypothesis and then tested it, and you had trials and control groups, and you tried to find out whether that theory is correct or not. Sometimes, theories turn out to be widely believed, but then they are discarded. We all studied the fact that in the past, people did not know about hygiene in connection with hospitals, which used to be among the most dangerous places to be because of the lack of hygiene. But you are a scientist--the others on this panel are parents--but from a scientific method, are you saying the theory is absolutely incorrect, or are you saying that we just do not know enough to say that it is correct? Dr. Dankner. There are other people who will testify today who I think can probably better answer that. I was asked to come on the panel both as a parent and as a scientist. My reading of what has been correlated to date does not appear to indicate a causal link. I think that debate has not been settled and probably needs to be, so that we do not continue to move down avenues that may be less productive in terms of the resources that are necessary to identify other potential links to autism, what the needs are in the community, which I can tell you are great---- Mr. Waxman. Let me interrupt you because my time is up. Are you saying to us, in other words, that we should not be alarmed about vaccinations and have parents refrain from having their kids vaccinated because of this theory, which, at this point, you do not think has gone through a scientific evaluation to be established as scientific fact? Dr. Dankner. I think an alarmist view is always of concern. I am a cautious individual, and I think we just need to be cautious in how we approach this issue. Mr. Burton. Thank you, Mr. Waxman. Dr. Dankner, I hope that you will have the ability to stay and hear some of the other scientists' positions just for your own information. Dr. Dankner. I planned on it. Mr. Burton. Thank you very much. Mrs. Morella. Mrs. Morella. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am very moved by the testimony that I have heard and read today. You are indeed the heroes, and we see you as role models, and your children are very fortunate to have you as parents. So thank you for being here. I think the only question I want to ask is to Mr. Bono. When you said that you had to travel 12 hours for a 5-minute treatment--I do not know enough about the background to know what that treatment is, why you have to travel 12 hours for it, and how you found out about it. Mr. Bono. I have to travel 12 hours, but that is deceiving, and first let me apologize. It is 6 hours up and 6 hours back in 1 day, so it is 12 hours. Mrs. Morella. It is significant. Mr. Bono. I have to travel because the treatment is not recognized as helping my son, and it is not approved. It is secretin, and they call it a slow push, or an infusion of sorts. We found that going up about every 28 days is a real good cycle for Jackson. Without it, he will not have a normal bowel movement; he will have acidic diarrhea, and he will not digest food properly, he will have unexplained rashes. Mrs. Morella. Who advised you that this would help him in that area? Is there another doctor who made the suggestion? Mr. Bono. At the press conference, one of the doctors said that the parents have really been the ones in the forefront of finding treatment options for their children, and this was a parent, too. Her name is Victoria Beck, and she serendipitously discovered secretin working for her child as the result of an endoscopy. Laura and I had always thought there was some connection between the gut and the brain that needed to be bridged, and when we heard about Victoria's experience, we were rather fascinated, and we began to read about it, and that is how we arrived at that treatment. Mrs. Morella. Dr. Dankner, I just want to briefly ask you-- it is your daughter who is autistic, but in general, as I mentioned in my opening statement, there is a prevalence among males with regard to autism--are there some unique challenges that you face with a female rather than a male with autism? Dr. Dankner. Oh, yes, and those challenges are becoming more apparent now that she has achieved puberty. Luckily, she responds very well to sequenced pictures. One of the social stories that was provided to her through her school at my wife's insistence--and I have to admit that she has taken the forefront on this--is how to deal with menstruation. If you allow our daughter to do her own thing, she gets into a pattern, and that pattern becomes very difficult to break. And we have several holes in our wall for which we could probably pay a drywall person a pretty sum of money to repair when she gets mad at things, she will kick holes here and there. Luckily, we are having a room addition put on very soon, so that will take care of the last patch jobs that we did. That is one issue that came up. Another issue that my wife and I feel very concerned about is the risk for her to be sexually abused as she gets older because of her inability to really indicate or express interactions with other individuals, as a number of the other panel discussants talked about with older children. Our daughter comes home from school, and you can ask her how her day went, and she will say ``Fine,'' but you will not be able to--unless we are given a set of things that went on at school, she is not there to carry on small talk; that is not a major impetus in her life. She will interact with us because she has needs, and she will seek us out for those, but if left to her own devices, she will stay in her garage room, watch her TV, whatever video she finds the most appealing that day, and she loves to play with the reverse and replay buttons on a regular basis. So, yes, I think there are some special challenges, but I think there are challenges for males growing up with autism also. There are things that they are going to have to face as they get older, and as they get older, I think the challenges become different. And I think all of the parents have to deal with the issue of what is going to happen to their children as they get older, who is going to take care of them when the parents are beyond an age when they can no longer take care of these children. Mrs. Morella. The toll on parents is immeasurable, obviously. Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Burton. Thank you, Mrs. Morella. Mr. Turner, do you have any questions? Mr. Turner. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Doctor, I just have one question for you, and I know this hearing centers on the problem of autism. The chairman has had personal experience with it in his family, and I know that he has also had some experience with a granddaughter with the hepatitis B vaccine. I just wonder--is there any reason to question the age at which some of these vaccines are administered? I have always had the feeling that the younger the child, the more fragile, and therefore, the negative impact, if it be there, the potential is certainly greater when those vaccines are administered at an early age. I have, of course, had particular interest in the hepatitis B vaccine which is administered, I think, in most States now at birth, routinely. In fact, I was in the home of a family in my district this weekend who have a 2-year-old child who is severely disabled, and basically, this family spends most of their waking hours tending to the child, and they strongly suspect that the problem is the result of a hepatitis B vaccination. That is administered at birth, and I have been told that there is really no logical argument for trying to vaccinate a newborn, because the threat of hepatitis B does not exist at that early an age, but it might be a more appropriate vaccine for later in childhood or approaching the teenage years. Is there any reason to question the timing of some of these vaccines? One of our witnesses today talked about the large number of vaccines administered at one time. Dr. Dankner. Again, I was not called to the panel, I think, to give a long explanation of vaccine policy. There are lots of other individuals who have been involved in those policymaking decisions over the years. But I can give you my perspective once again from the diseases that we see in these age groups. Albeit hepatitis B is an uncommon disease process that children may or may not get exposed to, the more likely exposure is going to occur when they reach sexual debut, as we call it, when they can easily be exposed to hepatitis B from a partner. That is one of the major concerns, and hepatitis B is a major cause of chronic liver disease in the United States and has reached a rate where vaccination would definitely have an impact on that disease in terms of its prevention. The reason for giving some vaccines earlier is just to ensure that the vaccination gets performed. Rubella is a perfect example. When congenital rubella was identified in the United States, Australia and Europe as a devastating disease linked definitively to the acquisition of rubella by mothers who were previously uninfected, with no previous immunity to rubella, the approach was taken differently by different nations. If you look at the United States, they focused on giving the rubella vaccine early in life so that you would eliminate the pool of individuals who were exposing adults to rubella, whereas England took the approach of trying to vaccinate adolescent females primarily, because they were the, ``at-risk population'' who could transmit rubella to their unborn fetus. The experience in England was that it took them a lot longer to eliminate congenital rubella from their population, and the experience in the United States was an enormous success, because even though you had women who were susceptible to rubella, they were not being exposed, and as those children who got the rubella vaccine early in life aged up into their childbearing years, they were no longer at risk of developing congenital rubella. The result is that the United States sees probably about two, four, five cases of congenital rubella a year, and most of those are from individuals who have either not received vaccination or come from a foreign country where the vaccine rates are much lower. Additionally, the hemophilus influenza B vaccine, the vast majority of H-flu meningitis that we see occurred in children less than 24 months of age. If you wait until they are 2 years of age to give the vaccine, you have missed the peak period. We used to see at our Children's Hospital in San Diego 60 to 70 cases of hemophilus influenza meningitis per year. That is a pretty devastating disease for most of the children. We see essentially one case about every 2 or 3 years now, and the last case we saw was in a mother who had her fourth child and just did not get to the doctor to get the H-flu vaccine. I think that if you want to ask about the policies, you will need to talk to the policymakers for their conclusions. I can only give you my viewpoint from the standpoint of how I see infectious disease and the impact that I have seen in our local community, and the diseases that I no longer see, which some doctors in practice now may never see again, I think to the advantage of those particular children who are not suffering from those particular diseases. To be fair to the other panel participants, I recognize that I am a physician and I bring certain issues to the table, but I think the other individuals also have a lot to say that needs to be heard, and I do not want to monopolize everyone's time. Mr. Turner. I appreciate your comments. I guess the only point I was trying to make, and perhaps the witnesses on our second panel will help us with it, is that there are obviously good public policy reasons to have the vaccines given, but at a minimum, if the timing of those vaccines could be later in life for children, it seems that at least we owe the public that information, because particularly in the case of hepatitis B, if the threat of hepatitis B only occurs at the time when the child has the potential of becoming sexually active, it does not make a lot of sense to have a public policy that says we administer it on the second day of life; and if there is a risk, I as a parent certainly would not want that vaccine administered to my child at that point in time. People need to have that information. Thank you so much, Doctor. Mr. Burton. The gentleman's time has expired. Mr. Turner. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Burton. Thank you very much, Mr. Turner. Mr. LaTourette. Mr. LaTourette. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you, Mr. Waxman. I want to thank each of you for sharing your families' experiences with us today. Ms. Smith, my wife and I are the parents of 8-year-old twins, and we always said that if the twins had been first, they would have been last, because raising twins is enough of a challenge all by itself. I was not going to talk about what my friend from Texas was talking about, but it always amazed me--and I am not smart enough to know the connection between vaccines and what brings you here today--but it always amazed me that after these vaccines, you would bring your baby home, and he would turn bright red and have a horrible fever, and they would say, ``Well, you just have to hang on for a little while, and everything is going to be OK,'' and this was a drug which was going to prevent some horrible childhood disease in the future. But why they were being exposed to these vaccines within the first couple days of being born, or even the first few months of being born, is something that I do think we need to get a handle on. But Ms. Smith, I want to talk to you about a portion of your testimony, and Ms. Reynolds also, because if I understand it, you may be following similar paths. That is, you have had Jacob screened and tested for the presence of heavy metals and fungi and other foreign substances within his system, and he is currently undergoing some nutritional therapy and so on. I wonder if you could share those experiences with us. And I think it was you, Ms. Smith, who wrote that the results of that screening were shocking and that it was amazing--was it you who had Dr. Stephanie Cave---- Ms. Smith. Yes. We both---- Mr. LaTourette. You both had Dr. Stephanie Cave. Ms. Smith. Right. Mr. LaTourette. OK. Then, maybe one at a time or in tandem, you could tell us a little bit about Dr. Cave's work and what about the results of these screenings was shocking, and what sorts of things now Liam and Jacob are going through that give you hope and point in the direction that this is a biomedical condition rather than a neurological condition. Ms. Smith. In my case, it is clearly not a genetic issue, considering that they are identical. The other reason I do not feel that it was a neurological disorder that he was born with is because his descent into autism happened so rapidly. He was completely with me, and he descended into autism so rapidly, and to me, that is not a neurological disorder that he had at birth. Also, I feel that it was not a neurological disorder that he was born with because when he was 2\1/2\, we had several professionals recommend that we put him on medications. I do not know what medications they said, such as Ritalin--I never pursued that avenue, because I felt like medicating a 2\1/2\ child was simply not good enough when I did not know what his body was already doing. I went to see Dr. Cave, and she ran blood and urine tests and took stool samples to see what deficiencies he had, the areas that he was lacking in, his amino acids and so on. We found that he had 10 food allergies. Because he had been on repeated antibiotics, he had extremely high--out of 23 fungal and yeast infections, he was high in 20. He was chromium, zinc, magnesium and copper deficient. He was B5-deficient. So, basically, what we did was we immediately started taking out what was bad and putting back what was good and taking him off the foods that he was allergic to. And within 5 days, my son, who had only a couple of words in his language and was very lost, said a full, appropriate sentence and started speaking again. So the rapid improvement also shows me that this was not a neurological disorder in his case. Mr. LaTourette. OK. And Ms. Reynolds, is Liam also undergoing similar therapy? Ms. Reynolds. Yes, he is. When he was diagnosed in May 1998, we put him on a strict, gluten-free, casein-free diet that Dr. Cave prescribed, where he was not allowed to eat any of the substances, because his body was taking those things and actually manufacturing morphine, which was what was making him just sit and stare and not respond appropriately to things. Since that time, he has undergone an MRI, EEGs, all the normal things that they run on autistic children, and those all point to normal things. But when you start doing blood work and stool work and urinalysis, and they measured for toxic metals in his hair, she suggested that we give him a medication that would help pull out the heavy metals that he had been exposed to, and my husband and I were so gun-shy at this point from dealing with doctors that we pulled out the PDR and read through it, and we were, like, ``I do not know, this sounds a little weird to me; I do not think we are going to try this.'' And we took Liam to an environmental toxicologist who did some blood work and told us that the shape of Liam's blood--he had stippled cells that would be the same as a plant worker who had had serious toxic heavy metal exposure and that our son's blood cells were malformed as a result of heavy metal exposure that he had received. We have given him this medication several times. We were able in December to get a good urine sample, which is a little challenging around our house, and we were finally able to test that. The normal range--and I am probably going to mess this up--but the normal range for anything to show up in their bodies is between zero and six, and his lead and mercury had reduced down to normal ranges, but his levels of tin were completely off the charts. They were not even measurable. They were up around 250. Mr. LaTourette. Did you say tin? Ms. Reynolds. Tin. Mr. LaTourette. If I could just beg the chairman's indulgence, is he likewise receiving, aside from the medication that you are talking about, a nutritional program? Ms. Reynolds. He receives a number of nutritional supplements every day. He is on an antifungal medication, because we have been dealing with a yeast infection that just will not go away for 3 years, that makes him just a real mess. He is just a walking biological nightmare. And he looks as healthy as a horse. He has great skin, he has great teeth and cheeks. He is a beautiful, beautiful little boy, but if you take it down to the cellular and the molecular level, you can see that this child is a total mess. Mr. LaTourette. Thank you very much. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Ms. Reynolds. You are welcome. Mr. Burton. Thank you very much, Mr. LaTourette. Ms. Biggert, did you have any questions? Ms. Biggert. No questions, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Burton. Well, let me thank this panel. I just want to say to the four of you who have experienced this change right after the MMR shot that my daughter is sitting back there, and I and my daughter experienced exactly the same things that you did, and I believe what you are saying, and we are going to pursue that as diligently as possible, because I cannot believe that it is just a coincidence that the shot is given, and within a very short time--he got nine shots in 1 day, the MMR and DPAT, HIB and oral polio--and within a matter of just a few days, instead of being the normal child that we played with and talked to and everything else, he was running around, banging his head against the wall and flailing his arms. When people tell me that that was a genetic problem, I am telling you they are just nuts. That is not the way it was. With that, I want to thank this panel very much. We will now go to our next panel. Thank you very much.
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.