Autism and autoimmune disorders

Howdy friends.
Here is a pretty interesting op-ed piece from the New York Times about autism and autoimmune diseases.

And here is a response from Autism Speaks, which is hosting a web chat tomorrow about it all.

And here we are, just waiting another week for our full screening. We’ve been wondering if we’re completely misguided — Jack has made huge strides lately in communication and sharing and just seems totally different. I keep wondering if he was just a bit behind and had a huge developmental surge, and now everything is fine. And then the other night at dinner, he stared into space and talked to himself the whole time. I still don’t think that’s all that unusual. Who doesn’t do that?

But we’ll follow through with the screening.

And so we wait.

Happy running.

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4 Responses to Autism and autoimmune disorders

  1. Matt Merritt says:

    Sounds like you guys are doing exactly what we’re doing right now. My Joel’s getting a screening this fall too. We’re hoping for a little better direction in how to help him succeed.

    Good luck!

  2. Makes you wonder how any kid is born normal, reading that… I have so many of the risk factors!

  3. Danni says:

    I am speaking out of total ignorance, but what would a diagnosis of autism really do for Jack, other than, well, “other” him? He sounds like a wonderful, funny, quirky kid. Why can’t he just be that? I am not being critical – I cannot imagine the worry over every little thing you must feel with your kids. But I have often wondered whether people who just march to the beat of their own drum should be allowed to do so without the stigma of a diagnosis. Rambling…But I guess ultimately Jack sounds so cool. I hate to think someone is going to put some label on him and make him think he is less than perfect.

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