The obvious question that I'm certain Autism Speaks will not try to answer here is this; How can these obsolete treatments that have been used in one form or another as long as autism has existed help any autistic child when the credo associated with this junk has always been to tell parents that there is no known cause or cure for autism? Throughout the history of these behavioral things, the medical profession has always known that only a few autistic kids would gain some minor improvement. The sad fact of the matter is that the majority realize no benefit whatsoever from any behavioral interventions.
Back before we learned what causes autism, thimerosal, we were told by honest behavioral therapists that every child received the same treatment but that, for most, there was no hope for any improvement. A mere eleven years ago, nobody knew what caused autism and nobody had any idea why the few kids who did show some improvement did so.
Take a look at Autism Speaks' statement again (in bold). They would have us believe that some magic is being used so that the same treatments that did not work for 60 years have all of a sudden become effective!!!
This is intentional deception. It simply is not true. The only treatments that make any difference to autistic children are chelation, methyl B-12, and to a lesser extent, ABA. Autism Speaks does not even mention these treatments. By failing to mention these things that Autism Speaks is well aware of, they are intentionally deceiving parents so that their children will not receive the help they need. Autism Speaks knows that the best chance an autistic child has to be cured is by removing the mercury from their brain at as young an age as possible.
Autism Speaks should be shut down and the board of directors ahould be prosecuted for this fraud. I think waterboarding would be a useful interrogation technique here to learn the truth about why Autism Speaks chooses to torture autistic children with this blatant fraud.