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Do You Believe Autism Can Be Healed or Prevented?

While Autism Awareness Day, teaches the public about the developmental disorder, Jenny McCarthy has been vocalizing her thoughts publicly and on paper since her son, Evan, 6, was diagnosed at the age of two. in her latest release, Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide, the advocate talks about the causes of the developmental disorder and how she has helped her child heal. She coauthored the text with Evan's pediatrician, Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, who also has a son with autism.

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skigurl skigurl 8 years
if a child is misdiagnosed with autism and then subsequently healed, he or she is not actually healed, rather is re-diagnosed with what they ahd in the first place!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I believe that certain types of autism can be cured through nutrition, therapy, etc. And its not like "curing" downs syndrome, DS is a chromosomal issue. so i dont understand that comparison at all.
KAEB06 KAEB06 8 years
I am a firm believer that you can "recover" a child from Autism. A great analogy is that you can suffer an injury...even though you've healed from that injury you can still have good days and bad days, that to me is recovery. I've seen it happen and I know, with just the steps we have taken with my son, that we'll see the same outcome.
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I think misdiagnosed children can be "cured" and I think that is what happened to McCarthy's son. I think this huge epidemic of autism is partly because many children are being misdiagnosed.
Lukin Lukin 8 years
I don't think it can be completely cured (yet, anyways), but I do think that there are treatments that really help children "improve."
sarahinparis sarahinparis 8 years
I have seen McCarthy on TV and was really offended by how she presented what she had to say. She basiclly said that parents needed to be proactive about finding a cure for your child. I felt that she was saying that if you child has autisim, its up to you to find. Its almost like she is saying that its the parent's fault if the continues to have symptoms of autisum. My child does not have autism, but I have a very good friends who's brother has sever autism. His parents moved across the country in the 80s to provide the best treatment that they could, but he cannot be cured. I do think some children are probably misdiagnosed, so they might be "cured", but for truly autistic children, I do not believe they can be "cured" or "healed". That being said I do think there can be effective treatment that will help these children function more "normally".
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
prevented yes. cured NO. my oldest is severely autistic and i can tell you, autism is brain damage. there is no cure from a brain injury. if someone has a stroke, or another traumatic brain injury (TMI) some can regain skills, to varying degrees, but the damage is done. i do think that at age 6 you can teach a child enough "parlor tricks" that you fool yourself into thinking the child is recovered. and i've seen this. there was a boy that went to my daughters school who was taught to respond as follows; how are you: "i'm fine thank you", what is your name: "my name is bob", did you have a nice day: "yes i had a nice day". but if you asked the child "what did you like about your day?" he had no idea what was being asked, it was a script. life is not lived in scripts. when her son is a little older she'll see what the truth is. he may be better than he was when he started his therapy, but he is far from typically developing and easy to pick out in a crowd. there is no recovery from autism.
mhg mhg 8 years
i wish it was as simple as jenny mccarthy makes it seem. my little guy is on the spectrum too and we've tried everything. implicit in the title of this book is that if my son's not cured, then i'm clearly not doing something right.
iieee_grrl iieee_grrl 8 years
My son is on the Autism spectrum, and while I believe that we can use OT and PT to help make adjustments so that autism doesn't effect the children and adults as severely, I don't believe it can be "cured." Sure, you can mask, hide, or adapt the symptoms, but that doesn't eliminate the disease. Personally, I think Ms McCarthy is giving a lot of false information - both on the "causes" and the "cures" of autism that could be dangerous and potentially emotionally heartbreaking to parents - parents of autistic kids have to be realistic and she gives a lot of false hope.
lilegwene lilegwene 8 years
Depends on the child. I've seen children with autism who are severely mentally and physically handicapped, and I think there is little to be done in some of those cases. My cousin has autism and it is manifested in an inability to express (possibly feel) emotions, extreme shyness, and obsessive compulsive behavior (including pulling out all of her hair). She has made leaps and bounds since being diagnosed.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
McCarthy is completely nuts. You might be able to prevent it, but you definitely can't cure it. It's be like trying to cure down syndrome.
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