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Dr. Lovaas’ View: Autism Diagnosis (Video)

Video Transcript:

When I was an undergraduate at UCLA I had a really unique experience. I with able to drive Ivar Lovaas who developed ABA back in the seventies and eighties. I was able to drive him down to see one of my clients. I was a senior therapist for him on the autism project. I remember asking him, “Dr. Lovaas, I don’t understand. The client we are going to see right now doesn’t have a lot of language and we’re working on something some basic skills with him and he’s a really unique person and I love him, but we also have these children are clinic who are completely mainstreamed in school and getting A’s and who are fascinated with trains. How can this all be autism?” He said to me, and I’ll always remember this, “You know it’s not.” He explained that just like in the old days when we used to call everyone with mental illness schizophrenic we now seemed to be calling everyone autistic. He thought that maybe they were actually separate disorders or disabilities. It’s funny to see how the DSM has come since then in the past 25 years where you know for a while we did have them categorized differently and now with DSM-5 for going back to calling all autistic spectrum. Personally I think it is a spectrum. That we all learn differently we all perceive the world differently and we all have different characteristics that could be considered autistic or not. And it’s all good. What I do know is that raising children is hard and teaching children it’s hard, and sometimes it can be a very isolating and lonely experience. So when we were able to partner up with other people who’ve been on that journey or who understand the journey, it can be made much easier. So this is what I’ve made my career into and I’ve been helping families the past 25 years figure out a path for both the family and their child and their schools to be the most supportive and help each person become the best that they can possibly be. I’d love to help you and your family as well. If I can be of help please just go ahead and get a hold on me, I’d love to speak with you.