By Anna P. Kroncke, Marcy Willard, Helena Huckabee
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There is also evidence presented that urine tests show 10 times high concentrations of glyphosate in individuals in the United States as compared to Europeans (Meyer, 2014). Dr. Seneff (2014) argues that if the use of pesticides continues at the current rate, autism prevalence will increase to an alarming 50 % by 2025 (10 years from this writing). It is critically important when reviewing this research to be clear that this is a study based on correlation. Correlation does not indicate causality and many studies have shown how correlations can make it appear that two variables are related to each other, when indeed the relationship is spurious; or when no true relationship exists.
Containing a chemical called glyphosate may cause digestive problems and toxicity effects which mirror those seen in autism. The American Psychiatric Association proposes that, “advanced paternal age, low birth weight, or fetal exposure to valproate [medication], may contribute to the risk of autism spectrum disorder” (APA, 2013, p. 56). Although there are no clear answers, families, and particularly pregnant mothers, are wise to consider the environmental impact on risk for autism. It may be important, in many cases, to avoid foods treated with pesticides and other chemicals, particularly if other genetic or familial concerns are present (having a sibling with autism for example).
812). This means that the cognitive and behavioral memories and patterns may actually lead to permanent improvement in brain functioning and indeed impact the child’s potential for positive outcomes. Fein et al. (2013) explain this phenomenon, “A pressing theoretical question is to what extent brain structure and function have normalized in the OO children. , 2013, p. 203). Sally Rogers (2015) tells us that recovery is an expected outcome and that indeed the reason for people to believe in best outcomes rests on high quality intervention.
Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Critical Issues in Clinical, Forensic and School Settings by Anna P. Kroncke, Marcy Willard, Helena Huckabee