I do think there is a definite danger in over diagnosing mental illnesses in children but to my understanding autistic children show very definite signs of the disease at a young age. So no, I do not think is it a conspiracy and I do not hope that schools milk the extra funds rather than helping the children.
I know my school system definetly had a problem with overdiagnosis and fund mishandling. They would buy video games and have the kids play on that stuff instead of helping them with their disabilities. The "therapy" that they did was also !@#$. They sat in a circle and said hi, ate, then left. While the kids in the autistic class were doing that, the school admin was telling all the other kids that those in the class were essentially retarded. And then in the middle school they really didnt even have an autistic education program. The only thing that the teacher did was let the kids play on the computer and do homework, yet the school still recieved high levels of funding for this program. The reason I know this is, because one of my friends went through that mess due to some issues with one of his parents dying when he was young. The school saw his anti-social behavior and put him in those classes.
Yes, autism is a real issue, but I believe that there should be seperate disorders and no 'autism spectrum'. I know some of my friends who are on the very high functioning end were put in classrooms with people who were mentally as well as socially retarded. And another thing that I do not understand is how they attempt to treat this disorder at schools. They put the autistic children together to apparently get meaningful social interaction. I for one do not understand why the hell they would do this. The only thing this does is cause them to act more like the lowest common denominator, instead of increasing their social skills. It would make more sense to have them with normal children than with disabled one's IMO
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