PLYMOUTH — This past week, a story debunking the work of a prominent medical researcher, Andrew Wakefield, who claimed that childhood vaccinations caused autism, made the rounds.
In 1988, a publication, The Lancet, a medical journal, claimed that Wakefield and his colleagues had linked measles-mumps-rubella vaccine with autism in most of a dozen children they had studied.
Mika Adams, Zionsville, an autism consultant, is the daughter of Plymouth’s Willie Resler.
Adams said numerous studies have shown that there is no correlation between the vaccines and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
“Of course,” she said, “as with any medical treatment, the people giving it are never going to say that there are absolutely no side effects.”
Throughout the United States, ASD is the fastest growing disability area. The numbers have increased dramatically.
Statistics today indicate one in 110 children are identified with ASD. Boys are four times more likely than girls to have ASD.
Schools are under pressure from both State and Federal departments of education to improve the test scores of the children they instruct. Due to reductions in funding, schools are continuously being asked to do more with less. Many schools have faced the dilemma of how to reduce expenses and often the individuals who have the expertise to provide instructional and behavioral strategies to children with special needs have had their positions eliminated. As a result, the challenge for schools to effectively work with children with ASD is increasing.
On a recent visit with her mother, Adams, the founder of Autism Consultation and Behavior Support, said there are some who will promise a cure for children who have ASD.
“I make no such promises,” she said, “but I will work with you tirelessly to optimize your child’s academic and behavioral learning.”
With more than 30 years experience working with children of all ages and most types of disability, she has focused on strategies that have been found to be effective for children with ASD. She serves the central and northern Indiana area, Indianapolis and surrounding counties.
For more information call Mika Adams at 317-733-0593 or 317-750-0343.