A couple big news stories in the world of autism have parents frustrated once again.
First, the infamous Dr. Wakefield was stripped of his license by Britain’s medical council, and then later in the week Reuters published an article suggesting that early intervention may not really make a difference when treating children with autism.
Which is in direct contrast to the only one absolute we’ve ever had… that your best hope is to intervene early.
Early. Early. Early.
So parents everywhere are reacting in anger, throwing emotionally charged adjectives in support of their personal intervention strategies, and pediatricians everywhere can be a little more smug once again, repressing those feeling of guilt that had sneaked in after failing to diagnose so many children earlier than they did.
Here’s the thing… these studies must be done. Their results must be published.
Even if I don’t like or agree with their outcomes I have to know that they will eventually have been part of the solution.
And even though I know hundreds of studies are showing contrary results to these (thanks to doctors much more respectable than Wakefield but with very similar discoveries) I have to accept that the media won’t care about them, and I have to accept the real truth.
That none of this really matters.
Because no matter how many studies are released that say “early intervention may not help”…
You still have to intervene as early as you possible can.
And no matter how many news stories say “there’s no proof that immunizations are connected to autism”…
You should still reconsider the risks of immunizations.
And no matter how many reports say “this or that or this other thing may not necessarily help your child”…
You still must do this and that and that other thing.
Because it just might help.
And it’s all you’ve got.
Because the truth is that nobody really knows anything about autism yet.
Where to Begin Finding Autism Answers
- Dr. Wakefield may be kind of nuts, but there are thousands of doctors who can help solve your child’s biological symptoms.
- Good, honest organizations are out there. Check Autism Speaks and Autism Research Institute and Stanley Greenspan.
- Find hope and discover helpful methods in local (or online) family communities (like northwest Michigan’s Autism Resource Network)