This was known as early as May, when Kev wrote a post about it.
Here's someone who could use her celebrity power to really help the autistic community, but instead will apparently use it to peddle various sorts of unproven biomed quackery and, perhaps worse, ridiculous notions of what autistics are. I have no illusion that Oprah will prevent her from peddling even something as irresponsible as anti-vaccination junk.
Reviews of the book say that she found treatments that are the "key to saving Evan from autism." I don't entirely discount the possibility that ABA helped her son be trained into particular skills, but the other stuff is no doubt worthless hooey.
I've read some email messages that say McCarthy's son is "recovered". I'm pretty sure we're looking at one of those claims about children who are "recovering", you know, still very much autistic, but apparently developing. If anything, it's likely to be a Holmes/Bradstreet type of recovery, if you know what I'm referring to.
There's no mention of an official loss of label anywhere, but I should note that diagnoses at age 2 are often inaccurate (Charman et al. 2005, Gillberg et al. 1990). The child's autism was discovered at age 2 after a seizure.
Some news stories say her son is "battling autism". Really? Is that like battling cancer? What happens if he loses? Other stories say her son "has come a long way."
Confusing as all that might be, let me get to the crux of the matter.
Jenny, who runs IndigoMoms.com, is of the belief that Evan is a 'crystal child,' and she herself is an 'adult indigo.' This belief suggests that 'indigo/crystal phenomenon is the next step in our evolution as a human species.' Proponents also suggest that many indigo and crystal children are wrongly diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, and autism. Starchild has more information, for those interested.(source)
I've critiqued all sorts of claptrap before, but this one takes the cake. Typical of new-agey mythology, they throw in scientific terms like "evolution" to give it some credibility, without even having a basic understanding of the term. That's just the beginning of what could be said about this nonsense.
I honestly don't know which is worse, the belief that the New World Order is conspiring to control the world's population by giving kids autism, or this one.
But wait, if the child is a highly evolved Indigo, why does he need biomed treatment? What's with the anti-vaccination posture? Has Jenny McCarthy experienced a shift in belief systems from one set of hogwash right into another? That wouldn't be a surprise. Note that IndigoMoms.com appears to have closed down for good.
My sense is that Jenny McCarthy is going through a time of confusion in her life. To be fair, that's normal when you have a disabled child. Let's hope she eventually leaves the illusory promises of quackery and new-ageism behind and learns to accept and advocate for her autistic son as he is, mostly for his sake. This is not far fetched. Even someone such as Amy Holmes has gotten to such a place, or close to it, even if she hasn't come out publicly and admitted it.