Slate.com - Is the Neurodiversity Movement Misrepresenting Autism?
Much of what we know about autism has changed since my son Jonah was diagnosed in 2001, writes Amy Lutz, but the metaphors we use to conceptualize it have remained largely the same. Parents search desperately for the “intact mind” they believe is there, somewhere deep down, despite often brutal symptoms that suggest the opposite. Should parents with young autistic children expect a breakthrough like those in the high-profile cases? “Very high-functioning individuals might not be diagnosed until their teens or later, because of their milder symptoms,” explains Dr. Alex Kolevzon, clinical director of the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
- Dr. Alexander Kolevzon, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Clinical Director of the Seaver Autism Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai