What struck me as I was reading it was this little gem:
A central goal of the SPD Foundation is to ensure that the disorder [sensory processing disorder], now estimated to affect as many as 1 in 20 children, is included in the DSM-V, which would turn it into an official diagnosis that would come with much-needed help.Irony alert! An editorial that criticizes the establishment for distorting autism prevalence, suggests that the SPD net may be cast at 1 in 20.
From a parenting perspective, I've arrived at a place where I am fully at peace with the blurriness of the lines. I believe that "autistic-like" SPD is distinguishable from autism, if at all, in degree-only. And degree is not for nothing. Degree can be the difference between talking and not talking, and dependence and independence. I don't minimize the significance of degree. I just question the need for a new, potentially ill-defined label.
If treatment is the issue, and I share this concern, then why not lobby to reform the prescription for treatment of autism?