This survey (Ehlers, Gillberg and Wing, 1999) is intended to segregate High Functioning Autistics – Asperger individuals from run of the mill problem children. The child is to be “rated” by a teacher or a parent –
The statements about the child’s behavior have all the characteristics of testimony that’s not allowed in law courts: Assumption of guilt, subjective interpretation, inclusion of opinion and bias, hearsay, leading questions, improper conclusions based on knowledge that the witness has no way of knowing, and questions so generic that they apply to every human on the planet. The statements are ALL about what’s supposedly wrong with ASD children; in the face of authority (psychologist, psychiatrist) and wanting an answer (diagnosis) the “rater” is going to be drawn toward confirming negative opinions.
What should be alarming to any ASD individual or parent is the extreme manipulation that the subjective opinions, prejudice and bias, which result from surveys like this, (results falsely claimed to be “data”) are processed into something that can be presented as “qualitative” diagnosis – percentages, scores, and diagnostic categories into which individual children can be “scientifically” closeted. Of course, this manipulation is tied to funding for a host of children who need “special services.” It’s outrageous. It doesn’t end here: Brain scans are being used to “prove” many of the same or similar bogus concepts about Autism and Asberger’s.
Red dots are particularly non-diagnostic subjective adjectives and adverbs – not behaviors.
____________________________________Here we go!