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Old 08-15-2010, 01:17 AM
 
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This is something I had heard over a decade ago, I see they are revisiting this subject.

Older mothers' kids have higher autism risk, study finds - CNN.com
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:53 PM
 
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Yeah, I have a sister who's 13 years my junior, and my mom was in her early 40's when she had her, and that's what they'd warned her about. She turned out OK, but we were worried for awhile.

I wouldn't be surprised if the growing number of autistic-diagnosed children - especially in middle-to-upper class households where people are having children older - was directly correlated to this.

Well, that and the fact that kids are so damn overdiagnosed these days...
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:59 AM
 
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Makes sense.

One of my aunts had a son when she was 17. That kid was normal in every way possible. Social and smart. No learning disabilities.

She had her second child when she was mid 30s (around there). A girl, it was. She was severely speech delayed. Didn't start talking until 3 or 4. Thank goodness everything is okay. She is a very sweet and smart child now - In fact, it hard to get her to stop talking. I wouldn't be surprised if her speech delay was caused by something as simple as an older pregnancy.
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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IMO, it's insane. There were plenty of older women giving birth years ago when autism was nearly unheard of. Also, if you took a poll just here on CD, I'd wager the vast majority of 'autistic' kids are to mothers in their late twenties and thirties.

Autism is the latest trend. First it was ADD, then ADHD, now it's autism. There was something probably in the middle there as well. Funny thing though, they all seem to befall children of mothers in their late twenties and thirties for the most part.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:49 PM
 
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Something about these "diseases" all beginning with the letter "A".

A puzzle magnet is now considered a status symbol.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:29 AM
 
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A puzzle magnet is now considered a status symbol.
The whole concept of any person being termed a "status symbol" is deeply offensive.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:43 AM
 
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Something about these "diseases" all beginning with the letter "A".

A puzzle magnet is now considered a status symbol.
That's offensive and rude, and you obviously don't have a child on the autism spectrum or you wouldn't make such an ignorant comment.

I knew something was different with my son at age 3...and it took 2 years of tests, etc to find out what the deal was. I never even considered autism, since my son walked and talked and reached all is his developmental milestones. My life is now overtaken with behavioral specialists, therapists, autism schooling, IEP's, speech therapy, occupational therapy...far from what most parents want or expect for their children. My son's diagnosis isn't made up, or the "diagnosis of the moment".

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