My first professional blog attempt


Welcome All!

The objective of this blog is to advocate, educate and inform my readers by providing an 'insiders view' to the screening, assessment and interventions for adults with Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Timely articles and postings will include topics such as screening, evaluation, self-manangement techniques, specific differences, evidence-based interventions (EBI), Alternative Behavioural Analyses (ABA) and much more.

As a trained counsellor, I was recently diagnosed AS and so this blog also dares to share part of my own journey through assessment & adjustment -- and eventually seeing the issue "with new eyes"; and other salient issues that might affect those struggling to come to grips with their diagnosis (especially those diagnosed later in life, like I was).

Created as a practical and useful resource, this blog will attempt to offer its visitors essential information -- hopefully useful for informing other counsellors & mental health professionals, advocates, barristers, Special Ed instructors, and, most of all, for those NT adults with "Spectrumite" partners.






Saturday, 7 July 2012

An overview of autism-related materials

An overview of autism-related content on Genes to Cognition Online

http://www.dnalc.org/view/1975-Autism-.html

Some Facts about the Epidemiology of Autism

An interesting article published from the CSHL on the epidemiology of Autism -- check it out!

http://www.dnalc.org/view/884-Background-to-Autism.html

Do Autism Symptoms Cluster Together?

Check out this .mpeg -- a talk by Professor David Skuse of the CSHL explaining that the language and social difficulties associated with autism correlate more closely than repetitive behavior symptoms

http://www.dnalc.org/view/1267-Do-Autism-Symptoms-Cluster-Together-.html

Autism Spectrum Disorders According to DSM-IV-TR and Comparison With DSM-5 Draft Criteria: An Epidemiological Study

A more recent study in Finland proposes some interesting findings regarding how HFA is more likely to be diagnosed in children populations under the new DSM-5 criteria, than under the DSM-IV -- and why....

Autism Spectrum Disorders According to DSM-IV-TR and Comparison With DSM-5 Draft Criteria: An Epidemiological Study

Validation of Proposed DSM-5 Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder

The profession of psychiatry has been under immense scrutiny in the past year or so -- as a result of public outcries regarding the validity of the DSM as a "valid" scientific tome.  Since its inception in 1954, the DSM has grown into an unwieldy, socio-political document without much bona fide scientific research backing much of it's claim (dignostic criterion).  In the USA, the CCHR claims "90% of whats included in ther DSM-III was voted on by a group of Psyc and pharmicological stake holders".  This article is the first 'proof' scientists have presented thus far, on the validity of the revised ASD criteria included in the DSM-5.  Have a read of the Abstract listed below and tell us what you think....

Validation of Proposed DSM-5 Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder