Joanne Gerenser is the Executive Director of the Eden II Programs in Staten Island, New York. Autism Expert
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Interviewer: It fits that right now, is someone who is our cousin and your family calls, what would you tell that— Interviewer: I would ask them to get an evaluation— Interviewee: What would you call that evaluation? What would be the right kind of, would it be PHD neurologist, a psychiatrist? Interviewer: Yes, somebody again who has good experience in life as asparagus disorder. Interviewee: Can this be anyone, is someone that knows that subject. Interviewer: Yes because typically what will happen is if it is just a pediatrician, they will say, oh do not worry you know, and if it is just the educators, you know 9 out of 10 time this kids are actually doing fine on their test scores. They are often times ineligible for – Interviewee: That is education but my scores they would be a – and if the question say the diagnosis comes down, what should they do? Interviewer: Well, they should probably talk to their educators. Now, remember, as for this disorder in the state of New York is not an educational classification. So you are not going to get services with a diagnosis of asparagus you— Interviewee: Will asserting money again? Interviewer: Well, it is just not an educational classification. They have to get either services none iep driven, life through a five or four plan or if they are, if there are social deficits as so significant that they are actually scrubbing in certain areas, you know I have got kids for example who are, we support kids in schools, we do not have them in the school but we support them in public schools and some of our kids who are asparagus disorder are struggling with things like social studies or math not even though in first and second they have no problems but in fourth and fifth, it is no longer I got my answer, it is no longer I could give you, it is unfortunate how I got my answer. Interviewee: So are there certain things in education that would help a kid that has this kinds of issues? Interviewer: Absolutely, I mean, providing them with really solid social skills training, very good speech language therapy to work on their abstract language. Interviewer: So in other words, you cannot diagnose akathisia early in a school system that really wants to do the right thing, you can take a kid with his potential and proves like quality? Interviewee: A 100%. Look, I will be honest with you, people refer to asparagus disorder often times as high functional autism and those people who are really suffering from with their asparagus disorder really would take exception to this concept of high functioning or I should not even say high functioning because they are high functioning because they are high functioning typically but they think it is mild, people refer to it as mild autism and there are people who have asparagus disorder who are really living very sad— Interviewer: Do you have types or vehicle levels of this? Interviewee: Again it is suspected from you so there are people with asparagus disorder who are married and happily married and have a good job but they will talk to you about what their struggles are, how they learn to compensate for them. But then there are others who – Interviewer: But it is like terrible talking to the syndrome, the disorder with the humanized the person. We are not trying to do that. What we are trying is to put there nice and easy category, get it study, find out what you can do to improve the quality of life, it is not in self, it is not a negative, it is the only the way we make progress. Interviewee: I think it is we are dropping the bold in most that group of people, I think we are pretty clear documentation that many of them are graduation high school and even college and remaining unemployed. Interviewer: For 20 years now we have quite 60 diseases under that title where they will be too— Interviewee: Right. Interviewer: But please I want to realize this, we are not labeling you a problem disease, a piece of furniture with some characteristics, let us put them togethe
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