- November 9, 2007 at 3:16 pm #254242LissKeymaster
I’d also like to point out that 30-40 years ago, kids who had
problems were not diagnosed. If a child was hyperactive, or had
adhd, they were considered a problem child. It wasn’t until the 80’s
that kids were starting to more regularly get diagnosed- but that
doesn’t mean the problem popped up in the 80’s.
It’s like cancer. People born in the 1800 had cancer. But it wasn’t
something covered by medical advancements at the time.
Autism is something that has been around for a lot longer than it
was diagnosed. Children born 40 years ago with severe autism were
usually institutionalized for having severe mental disabilities.
They were not diffirentiated from children with other mental
disabilities. The first formal diagnosis was in the 40’s, but even
then, it was very rare, and not understood at all.
Through the 60’s, children with autism were routinly diagnosed as
schizophrenic. In the mid to late 60’s, it was finally recognized as
it’s own problem, and treatments and symptoms were starting to be
But it was a stigma. The same as children 10 years ago with ADD or
ADHD- it wasn’t “cool” to have a child with Autism or ADD or
Schizophrenia, or anything else. Through the late 70’s, many of
these children were still institionalized.
The advances in medicine, and the advancement in how tolerant we are
of mental disabilities over the past 10-15 years is what has made it
more acceptable and easy to be diagnosed with mental disabilities.
It’s not a toy problem, but a society problem that lead us to having
more children diagnosed with Autism in recent years.
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Liss”
> >>I read that 85% of American toys are made in China. A boycott
would ruin a
> lot of Christmas dreams this
> year! Best to boycott by looking–really hard–for American made
> Yes, I’ve read various statistics that range from 70-80% of toys
> in China. I’ve also read that more than 3/4’s of the Consumers in
the US are
> no longer willing to put up with inferior, dangerous toys and will
> boycotting :
> I’ve been thinking back, (my kids are tweens) at all those toys
that my kids
> have played with over the years and I can’t help but think of the
> HUGE numbers of Autistic Children in this country and wonder if
there is a
> Correlation between the two.
> Just how many years have our Children been exposed to such high
> lead and other toxic chemicals?
> As I said, my children are now tweens, and thankfully, when they
> younger, since we were broke most of the time, I couldn’t afford
to buy them
> the latest and greatest new toy that was out- what a blessing in
> What I wonder now is, will this prompt companies like Mattel,
> others to resume toy production in the US once again, like they
> Imagine the boost to the Economy!
> For Those that Would like to purchase toys made in the USA, here
> additional resources:
> 400+ American Made Toys:
> &kwid=made+in+america&gclid=CPWe6rjM0o8CFTaEOAodVSt4-w – I Really
> Like this one, they have some super-cool Stuff here! Fatbrain toys-
> cute name.
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