Letter: Docs, not teachers, labeling autism

One in 88 children have autism, according to

One in 88 children have autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo Credit: iStock.com

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A letter writer attempted to clarify misconceptions regarding overzealously labeling children as autistic ["Take a close look at autism definition," April 3].

She attempts to define autism as a "complete withdrawal from reality." What medical guide did this writer use?

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Just to clarify something: It is not educators who are misidentifying and overusing the term. If anyone is to be faulted, it's the so-called medical experts.

Beth Rose Feuerstein, Long Beach

Editor's note: The writer is a learning disabilities teacher at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury.


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