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Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports
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Re: Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2014, 08:39:43 PM »

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Re: Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 10:07:17 AM »
If I recall right, the diagnosis rate for this disorder has jumped tenfold in just the past decade.

I have heard that increasing age of birth mothers is also a factor, on top of overdiagnosis. In other words, this ever-onward push for college education is pushing young adults to avoid childbearing too long, and it's creating a generation of kids who are mentally unable to function.

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Re: Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2014, 01:16:30 PM »
If I recall right, the diagnosis rate for this disorder has jumped tenfold in just the past decade.

I have heard that increasing age of birth mothers is also a factor, on top of overdiagnosis. In other words, this ever-onward push for college education is pushing young adults to avoid childbearing too long, and it's creating a generation of kids who are mentally unable to function.

What would the causal mechanism be?  Without a strong causal mechanism that sounds no better than the "you're a bad mother" claims that were used to beat up on the mothers of troubled kids in the 50s and 60s.

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Re: Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2014, 07:39:06 PM »
If I recall right, the diagnosis rate for this disorder has jumped tenfold in just the past decade.

I have heard that increasing age of birth mothers is also a factor, on top of overdiagnosis. In other words, this ever-onward push for college education is pushing young adults to avoid childbearing too long, and it's creating a generation of kids who are mentally unable to function.

That's as good a reason as anything I've heard so far. My wife was 35 when our son who was born who has  high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome.   
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Re: Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2014, 08:18:35 PM »
That's as good a reason as anything I've heard so far. My wife was 35 when our son who was born high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome.
Not to mention it's killing my dating life... but that's another issue altogether!

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Re: Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2014, 08:52:14 PM »
Just like with ADD/ADHD, I think autism is being over diagnosed.

If the kid doesn't act exactly as expected, he/she is either autistic, ADD/ADHD, or both.

Just because a kid has an odd habit, does not mean there is anything mentally wrong.  Humans do not conform to a specific script and we're all different, something that seems to have been forgotten.

Not it seems that nearly everyone could technically be diagnosed with some kind of disorder.
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Re: Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2014, 12:54:28 AM »
That's as good a reason as anything I've heard so far. My wife was 35 when our son who was born who has  high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome.   

Funny; my wife was 42 when our daughter was born, and she's got nary a sign of autism/aspergers.


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