Blurring Autism with SLI (for 1.8 million dollars)

Specific Language Impairment (SLI) is a blanket term covering a wide range of disabilites, specific it covers autism.   This blog takes aim at specifically two persons, and the charge is gross negligence — right up there with Dave Grossman’s “killology”  (On Killing, 1995).  Now, mind you; in sharp contrast to Dr. Tager-Flusberg (renowned for her 25 years of work in autism research) I hold no expertise in the disability, but research is research and bull is for the crops, not ever to hold a candle to research.  Just a few hours ago 2theadvocate.com (The Advocate, WBRZ, Louisiana Broadcasting LLC and Capital City Press LLC) released a “News” article, written by C.J. Futch, the title “LSU team focusing on La. Dialects” (Sun, January 24, 2010).  Before I comment further on this article, I would like to import specific language in framing this critique; a quote from an authoritative online source, MedlinwPlus; A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health  (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001526.htm) with respect to “autism”:

“Genetic factors seem to be important. For example, identical twins are much more likely than fraternal twins or siblings to both have autism. Similarly, language abnormalities are more common in relatives of autistic children. Chromosomal abnormalities and other nervous system (neurological) problems are also more common in families with autism.”  (2009)

Ergo; one with a clue can test tangibly to detect autism.  Keep that in mind as I take you through the rationale of  “speech and language pathologist” (LexisNexis Academic) Dr. Janna Oetting of the LSU team, post her 2001 study “SLI to two mainstream dialects” (Nonmainstream dialect use and specific language impairment, 2001). As in that previous study, the article indicates that Dr. Oetting posits, a non-mainstream dialectic (contrastive) as — a disability.  From a number of Dr. Oetting reports (more than eighteen, some listed in an online bio, others CINAHL Plus database located) not a one indications that her research screened for autism, that while embarking on her present study at LSU the article from C.J. Futch respective Dr. Janna Oetting, ” Children with SLI have normal IQs, normal hearing and vision, and normal motor skills and play skills. They are not antisocial, autistic or withdrawn, necessarily, Oetting said, but are perfectly happy, normal children in every area but language.”


1.8 million dollars, to lump a dialect in with a genetic grounded disability — astounding, truly.

It should be mentioned that while Oetting cleaned house with obfuscation, another article ALSO appeared in the 2theadvocate.com “news” — really telling of not only where the money flows, but as much who gets kicked to the curb at that same time, the human cost;

“LSU issues 219 job notices” by Jordan Blum (Jan, 23, 2010).   The start of the article,  “LSU sent out 219 notices Friday telling instructors they will not have jobs come 2011, LSU spokesman Herb Vincent said [..]”     http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/82467112.html

Well, in her bio photo…Dr. Janna Oetting, looks real happy at least.

Hit me up, let me know what you think of this crazy world.  Is it hype or the real deal?  Did Dr. Oetting get all Grossman, or was it Futched-up journalism — or both?


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