In an interview on ABC 15 News,Dr. Cindy Schneider, mother of two autistic children, stated what she believes to be the reasons for autism and how to decrease the chances of your child being diagnosed ASD.
You can watch the interview below. I agree that some of what she says mya sound logical, but it’s also misleading. She states that she believes that genetics and envvironmental factors cause autism. She goes on to suggest that moms take cerain precautions before and during pregnancy. I think some of what she says is frustratingly erroneous.
I have one autistic child and one that isn’t. I did the same things with both pregnancies. Granted, I was under less stress with my second, but that is the only difference. I was around the same weight at the beginning of both pregnancies. I may have actually weighed a little less prior to my first pregnancy, which was my autistic son.
Now, with this doctor going on air with a respected news station, I’m afraid people may start blaming moms for their child being autistic. We walk a delicate tightrope and we need everyone to be careful what they sat to the media. The media also needs to start giving a more balanced account of all interviews. I would have felt better if the reporter had stressed that what was said was the doctor’s opinin and not proven medical fact.