October 6th, 2015 by drcoplan
Newtown all over again? As news filters in about the recent mass murder / suicide in Oregon, I have a sickening sense of déjà vu. I am sure we will all learn more over the coming days. For now, however, I think it may be worthwhile reviewing a few of my earlier blog posts:
Is one of my patients the next Adam Lanza and Dr. Coplan continues his review and commentary on NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman and an interview I gave for Coffee Klatch Radio.
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June 12th, 2015 by drcoplan
I am in an interesting conversation with a reader on Facebook about the Newtown shootings. Her most recent post asks: “What other parties do you think bear responsibility?”
Here is what I wrote:
The Office of the Child Advocate’s report goes into painstaking detail on the shortcomings of the school district and the medical community. The OCA report documents numerous instances in which the school district deviated from recommended practices. To cite but one example, the SD persisted in classifying Adam as “Other Health Impaired” rather than “Autistic” or “Emotionally Disturbed.” Quoting from the report: “By this point [2006 – six years before the fatal outcome], there were multiple indicators that AL met statutory-regulatory criteria and applicable guidance for autism spectrum disorders or, alternatively, for emotional disturbance… Read the rest of this entry »