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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-11-2019

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2 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME JULY 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION nature of its reality. They are handi- capped in doing so by the fact that autism is classified as a psychiat- ric/psychological disorder. What, pray tell, is psychological about a 2-month-old baby who doesn't want to be held, doesn't smile, and seems pained by eye contact? What unresolved issue is at work here? The answers to those questions are "nothing" and "none." The symptoms of classical autism appear much too early and much too randomly to think of it as anything but a yet-undiscovered physiological malfunction of one sort or another. Taking it out of the realm of psychology/psychia- try – that is, removing it from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – would be a boon to research as well as a boon to the kids in question and their anguished parents. The roadblock to that has much to do with the fact that autism is producing a signifi- cant income stream for lots of men- tal health professionals. And yes, I proudly admit to cynicism. The further problem is that one can't talk in general terms about autism without consideration of the so-called "spectrum" that includes, most prominently, something called Asperger's Syndrome. I say "something" because this Asperger's something is about as ill-defined as something can be. The common denominator among kids who are hung with this label or are said to be "on the spectrum" seems to be "odd" and/or "quirky." Personally, I think children should have the right to be at least slightly odd and quirky. Without exception of which I'm aware, once a mental health diag- nosis begins to gain traction – that is, it begins to sell – the mental health profession begins expanding it – explicitly or implicitly – such that it captures more and more peo- ple (i.e., paying clients) over time; thus things have gone with "the spectrum" and Asperger's. I don't deny that some kids who are said to have Asperger's may need help. Equally likely, their par- ents need help managing and disci- plining them. The many anecdotes I've been told strongly suggest that most of the somewhat odd kids in question, however, grow out of it, whatever "it" is. My longtime readers know that with some conservatively defined exceptions, I'm not in favor of allowing children into rooms with therapists (and I'm a licensed therapist). Labels, which therapists have a bad habit of dispensing, tend to stick. For me to believe in Asperger's (hypothetically) is one thing; for a child to believe he "has" it is quite another thing. Family psychologist John Rosemond:, PARENTING From Page One Free showing of the Apollo 11 documentary at the Stadium Theatre July 19 WOONSOCKET – Enjoy a free showing of the Apollo 11 docu- mentary at the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, on Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong took "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Celebrate this historic moment at this free screening of the Apollo 11 documen- tary which will feature never-before- seen footage and audio recordings that will take viewers straight into the heart of NASA's most celebrated mis- sion to the moon. No tickets are needed for this event. This event is sponsored and made possible in part by The Valley Breeze. For more information, call 401- 762-4545 or visit www.stadiumthe- . Clarinet concert at Grace Note Farm Sunday BURRILLVILLE – As part of the Music at the Farm event, Grace Note Farm and co-sponsor the Burrillville Land Trust will present Bastille Day – Discover the Clarinet Fantastique on Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m., at the farm, 969 Jackson Schoolhouse Road. The concert will feature inter- national clarinetist Milos Bjelica from Serbia and pianist Paulis Pancekauskas who will perform works by Mozart, Monti, Grgin, Bassi, Copland and Serbian folk music. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available on or by calling 401-567- 0354. Visit . MILOS BJELICA Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' 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