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to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the leading cause of death—and a major cause of injury—for children under 3. And car seats are by far the easiest way to reduce those risks. In fact, proper use of car seats reduces infants’ risk of dying in a car by 71%, and by 54% for kids ages 1-4. Emphasis on the word “proper.”
A study just published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine took a look at just how many parents are following the car-seat safety guidelines laid out by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
You can get the complete list here. But just to summarize, infants and toddlers under age two should be in rear-facing seats in the back seat of the car—unless they exceed the seat’s height and weight restrictions. After age two, kids should transition to front-facing seats, but still be in the car’s rear seat. When toddlers outgrow their carseat, they should be moved to a booster seat until they’re big enough to use a regular seat belt. That’s usually somewhere between ages 8 and 12 and when the child is 57 inches (4’ 9”).
The results were horrifying: Just 3 percent of kids under three were in rear-facing seats, and only two percent of kids over 7 were still in booster seats. Kids older than that were often riding around with no restraint at all. And even among the children over seven who were in car seats or boosters, fewer than 2 percent were using them properly.
Minority children were even worse off. Black and Hispanic infants were 10 times more likely than white infants to be in a car seat at all (but that’s still not good news, since only 17%of white infants were in rear-facing seats). In addition, 35% of black children and 26% of Hispanic children ages 4 and 5 who should still have been in booster seats, had were using seat belts. This compared to 16 percent of white kids the same age.
As with most things, it’s up to us as parents to set a good example. The study found that when the driver isn’t wearing a seat belt, children in the car are 23 times more likely to not be wearing one either.
So do yourself and your family a favor: read the AAP guidelines and, if you aren’t 110% sure that your carseats or boosters are properly installed, check with your local fire department or highway patrol—they often have inspectors who would be glad to show you.
You can read the full study here.
I am in a discussion on another blog about Autism and sociopaths. Let me state this unequivocally.
It is possible for a child to be a sociopath and have autism.
How do I know? I don’t have to look any further than my son David. He has facets of autism. and he is a sociopath. Sure at 11 they can’t actually diagnose him as a sociopath. But he has been diagnosed with a conduct disorder, and anti-social behaviors. Plus, he is on anti-psychotics to control those behaviors.
- Manipulative and conning
- Grandiose sense of self.
- Pathological lying
- Lack of remorse, shame or guilt.
- Shallow emotions
- Callousness/lack of empathy
- Need for stimulation
- Poor behavior controls/lack of impulse control
- Criminal or entrepreneurial personality – changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution.
These are just some of the indicators. Looking at a full list of indicators is enough to make me ill. Of those, I list the ones that David exhibits consistently.
the DSM IV
Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in the local culture. There is a marked inability to get along with others or abide by societal rules. Individuals with this disorder are sometimes called psychopaths or sociopaths.
Diagnostic Criteria (DSM-IV)
- Since the age of fifteen there has been a disregard for and violation of the right’s of others, those right’s considered normal by the local culture, as indicated by at least three of the following:
- Repeated acts that could lead to arrest.
- Conning for pleasure or profit, repeated lying, or the use of aliases.
- Failure to plan ahead or being impulsive.
- Repeated assaults on others.
- Reckless when it comes to their or others safety.
- Poor work behavior or failure to honor financial obligations.
- Rationalizing the pain they inflict on others.
- At least eighteen years in age.
- Evidence of a Conduct Disorder, with its onset before the age of fifteen.
- Symptoms not due to another mental disorder.
And our doctors have told us that if David was 18, this is the diagnosis that they would give.
- Sociopaths in the Scene (kinkylittlegirl.net)
- Profile of the Sociopath (theeleventhmuse.wordpress.com)
- Comparing Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Developmentally Disabled Adult Population Using the Current DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria and the Proposed DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria (leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk)
- What Is Autism? (everydayhealth.com)
- Teachers get lesson on autism awareness (wsls.com)
- How Autism is Changing the World for Everybody [Psychology] (io9.com)
- How To Avoid Dating a Sociopath in 10 Simple Steps (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com)