Dr. Allen Frances has penned another article for the Huffington Post defending the DSM5 change, discussing that the biggest issue is that services are tied to the DSM definition and to prove his point discusses the case of a man who “recovered” from autism. Sadly no matter how well thought of, this man just simply does not get it. In fact in his article he talks about the concept of “recovery” and how that puts a different spin on aspergers and autism all together. Well I left a comment:
I think the concept of recovering is a terrible disservice to parents and children alike. It is also a misuse of the English language. My oldest child was dxed at 5 with full-blown PDD-NOS. There was no question that this child was headed toward the severely autistic end of the spectrum. However, through therapy, meds, appropriate services and support he was able to be redxed as aspergers by middle school and today is a senior in college contemplating a law career. Yes he still has deficits compared to his peers. Will they ever go away I highly doubt it. But what has happened over the decades is that he has learned what those deficits are and he is working still to this day on learning how to deal with them and help himself.
However, what has not changed is the fact that he has an autistic brain. He views the world through the prism of a person with autism. This is who he is and this is who he will always be. To say because he can navigate the neurotypical world that he is “recovered” is disingenuous at the worst and wholly inaccurate as the least. Most importantly the concept of “recovery” is highly insulting to my son, his accomplishments and who he is as a human being.