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No. We are not physically handicapped. I was a star runner and hurdler in track, and always finished in the top ten at Cross Country Running. I sucked at football, baseball, and basketball.
Actually I found this article that talks about an athlete with aspergers who has won medals in the Special Olympics.
Yes, I believe this happened over the years that most autistic children because of not responding to their names or certain sounds like clapping, conversations, shouts and such that they were mistaken as deaf children. Reason they don't react to certain sounds or people because of the sounds all around them-even though they don't seem too loud and because most autistic people are very uncomfortable with eye contact. Some deaf people can be autistic also.
People with autism does not spread to others. It's just starts to happen when they're born. Sometimes if they have A LOT of autism, they may look scary and copy what you do because they have learning problems. How they act could indicate autism such as not listening to adults or repetitively stacking of lining up objects. They might also act weird. And also when they grown up and have children, the child may also have autism because of their gene. People with autism SHOULD go to a special school. You could tell if they have it by they're voice, how they act and of copping others.
No, autism isn't really harmful to others. It won't spread to others. ;)
Our site, given below, includes teaching materials for teaching kids with Autism.
Definitely a link between epilepsy and autism and ADD... regarding the psychopathy, I'll bet in many cases there is an association there as well. I have two children who are patients of Dr. Michael Goldberg, who is pursuing this theory in treating children. You can information regarding underlying neuroimmune disease processes on his website at ... he is helping kids with autism, ADD and epilepsy by treating their immune dysfunction. Spend some time reading in his "Articles" section at and you may begin to understand the relationship between the disorders. The diagnoses are really just a description of a set of symptoms rather than a description of what is wrong inside of the body.
Roughly 20% of kids with an autism diagnosis will eventually develop epilepsy, and I recentle read that there is a higher than average concordance between epilepsy and ADD as well.
Here is a link (published in the Annals of Neurology) to a study clearly showing immune dysfunction and inflammation in the brain in autism;
...and here is another interesting link...
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I'll stop here, but will end by saying that there is a lot of hope for people as far as new treatments coming within the next decade or so with these disorders... science is really beginning to pick up speed in understanding the body at an epigenetic level, which may well be where the answers lie (if you want to know more about epigenetics, try to watch the PBS Nova episode called "Ghost in Your Genes"). I hope my answer helps a little.
In a 2004 interview with Terry Gross, he claims to have been "analyzed" as a Tuerette's and Asperger's kid. There is still some speculation about if it was true or not. It was a radio interview so no one could see his facial expression but when asked, he said he was not joking. I personally find it hard to believe that if that were true, why is he not more of an activist for autism?
There are not any known causes of Autism. Autism cannot be prevented and it is a condition that manifests in a person's genetic make-up. People suffering from Autism can fall in a broad range of spectrum.
Of course they can - just like anyone else. AS doesn't make anyone either more or less likely to become obsessed or stalkerish.A:If one of the special interests of a person with Asperger's Syndrome is another person, it can appear to be stalking, but it is not the same. The person with AS is trying to learn everything about the special interest, but is not usually a danger to that person. This is not to say that a person with AS cannot be a danger, but as the previous poster explained, they can be that just as anyone else can. The special interests of a person with AS appear to be obsessions, but there are psychological differences between obsessions and AS special interests. However, both can make the target equally uncomfortable.
Also, misunderstood communications can exacerbate the situation. If you tell a person with AS that he or she can visit anytime, you probably do not mean that the person can visit three times a day, every day, but the person with AS who took your statement literally might not realize that. In addition, you might be the only "friend" the person with AS has, which means that all the hours each day that you might divide between multiple friends, the person with AS is trying to spend solely with you. But, this is not stalking in the usual sense.
No, illegal drugs do not cause autism.
Autism is a neurological difference, it is a difference in how the brain is formed compared to neurotypical people, and as such it develops while the brain is developing during the second trimester of pregnancy. It's believed around 95% of all autistic people have genetic markers for autism, autism is genetic and not caused by taking drugs or even by the mother taking drugs.
Jenny McCarthy is not against autism, but she is responsible for a lot of harm to the Autism community and supporting Anti-Vaxx movement. By claiming that her son was Autistic, that it was caused by vaccines, and that her child was 'cured' of Autism she spread a lot of misinformation that meant that Autism is less understood by many people. Also by claiming that it was caused by vaccines the implication she gave was that Autism is worse than your child dying from a preventable disease.
Autism is not caused by how the parents treat their children.
Autism is a neurological condition caused by genes. If a parent has genes for autism, the child could inherit those genes, making it possible that the child could have autism, but that will not necessarily happen. In addition, there are also spontaneous genetic mutations in some fetuses, some of which have no effect, but others of which can result in autism or other conditions.
Yes, a child can be diagnosed both with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a learning disability too. In fact Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is considered a 'cousin' to Autism Spectrum Disorder and is often comorbid with Autism.
I explained what my life is like - the challenges and the benefits that being on the autism spectrum brings. I told them that I valued their friendship but couldn't always explain it the right way. It helped a lot, and I became better friends with many of them as a result.
Toddler age is typically 12 to 24 months. This is when the first symptoms of autism are most frequently noticed.
When he was a toddler, my child did not grip when I held him as my first two did. He was dead weight. From the time he very small,as young as four months, he did not like switching from long sleeves to short. He avoided eye contact from the time he was born. Typical children seek eye contact. We felt that he did not need us in any emotional way like our first two did. He was very content with himself except to be fed and changed. He hummed himself to sleep from the time he was a few months old. He never seemed to take information in by observing. Everything we taught him had to be hand over hand.Response
Someone with autism can be highly functional and write about autism, or he or she can be severely disabled and need total care. And everywhere in between. Some early symptoms can be early speech, then not a word thereafter. Other symptoms include lack of eye contact, lack of affection (hugging them is actually "painful",) "flipping or flapping" their hands or objects, crying and being self abusive, obsessed with certain objects or activities, repetitive behaviors, not meeting "normal" milestones, odd eating rituals (will eat only 3-4 food items) and many other behaviors. There is no magic cure. Do some research, love your child and work to have them achieve what "professionals" say they will never do.Response
Ok I am not an expert but I do have a child that was diagnosed on the spectrum and is almost fully recovered. I feel that the above answer is very misleading. There are degrees of autism from mild or high functioning to severe. And yes there is no "magical Cure" but a child can recover. Children with autism do not make eye contact, but some of them do show emotion and some do develop language.
My personal belief is the some children with autism have been injured by a variety of factors in their environment. For example, with my child it was partly genetics, he was born with a compromised immune system, then he had RSV Virus as an infant, he was given too many antibiotics as a baby for various ear infection to the point where he bled out of his colon and the vaccines were the final attack on his system. Basically, like a computer, he crashed and his systems (primarily his brain function and nervous system) just couldn't take any more.
My baby was saying some words at 6 months , he was making eye contact and pointing at objects. At 18 months however, the language disappeared as did the eye contact, he was ritualistic and repetitive For instance, he loved anything that spun and could sit and spin objects for hours. Ceiling fans fascinated him.
His twin brother was right on target and so I became frantic when in my heart I knew what was going on. I was devastated when I got the diagnosis but determined not to let him stay this way. First he began intense therapy of about 30 hours a week of ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis - this is a miracle worker), Speech and Occupational Therapy. I started to research and read everything I could and found out about special diets such as the gluten free / caesin free diet. This did not work for my son (it doesn't work for every child and it is a miracle with some children). I learned about vitamins, probiotics and supplements. I started him on supplements as soon as I could and this was the turning point for my son. Amongst the supplements that I gave him, I purchased this really expensive juice called Mon Avie which has antioxidants and phytonutrients (the original formula) and saw subtle improvement. Then I started him on DMG and Acidophilus and saw some pretty significant change. I am going to try a vitamin supplement now called Super Nuthera from Kirkman Labs (they will happily guide you and answer questions). I also want to start methyl B12 vitamin strips. One thing at a time.
Today he is a happy vibrant 3 year old who attends a typical nursery school with some support which we hope will not be needed soon. He talks and has an amazing personality. He loves to be hugged and kissed and thank God because I just can't get enough. He even has a best friend and loves to play with the children at school. I thank God every day because without God and his guidance he wouldn't be where he is today.
My suggestion to you is to pray for guidance and then read the 2 Jenny McCarthy books "Louder than Words" and "Mother Warriors". They were a big help and gave me a starting point. Contact a Rescue Angel on generationrescue.org and log on to defeatautismnow.com. Do a google.com search for autism recovery and it will provide you much valuable information. Please keep the faith and God will guide you...AUTISM IS REVERSABLE...RECOVERY IS ATTAINABLE...Good luck and God speed!I don't agree with the response above where the person said "Children with autism do not make eye contact". That is VERY misleading. People should get their facts straight before they type something that is FALSE! Yes, it is true that some children with autism don't make any/little eye contact, but there are plenty of children with autism that do make eye contact. Same with smiling and laughing - some children with ASD don't smile and laugh, but some do. Autism is hard to diagnose which is why a child is usually over 18 months before they get suspected of having autism. For one thing, every baby develop at different rates - some are fast and some are slow. I think everyone is getting freaked out over autism. A baby who doesn't smile does not equal autism. A baby that doesn't have good eye contact doesn't equal autism. A baby that doesn't start talking til almost 3 doesn't equal autism. A combination of these may equal autism. I know that there are red flags from as young as maybe 6 months, but just because there are red flags doesn't mean your child has autism. I personally believe that unless a child has severe autism, you can't know if they have it til they are around 2. A child that is severely autistic I think will show so many symptoms such as lack of eye contact, not interested in people, obsessing over certain objects, wants to be alone all the time, and acts deaf. If a baby under 1 shows most/all of the symptoms above, then be worried and concerned.
No he is not. That's just what people say who dislike his music.
Estimates vary from 1 in 100 up to 1 in 60. The rate a generation ago was less than 1 in 5000.
With an estimate of 1 in 100, that works out to there probably being over 200,000 children with autism in the UK at present, with numbers rising.
Asperger's Syndrome is diagnosed more often in males than in females. This could be because it occurs more often in males or it could be because it is not as easy to diagnose in females. For example, it is more likely to prompt concern if a boy seems withdrawn than if a girl seems "shy." As another example, it seems that the special interests of boys and girls differ, so a boy who is extremely interested in firearms will bother parents more than a girl who is extremely interested in horses, so they might discuss the boy with the doctor but not the girl.
A GP (general practitioner), pediatrician, or psychologist where they can discuss and maybe treat your son's or daughter's condition. DAN (Defeat Autism Now) Doctors from the ARI (Autistic Research Institute) can help treat children with autism.
No. It does not actually worsen, but when a person with Asperger's reaches puberty, he or she can come under tremendous pressure and stress. So even though there is no actual cure for Asperger's, it can be made less noticeable if the person with Asperger's is taught the correct ways to behave. This can mean going to occupational therapists, speech therapists, or the like.
The more positive work you put towards helping the Aspergian, the less noticeable the Asperger's will be.
Even though Asperger's does not worsen, it can become more noticeable during, and just before, the teen years.
the condition is autism
Autism is a disibilty itself
The 3 actually go hand in hand. Kids with autism normally have ADHD AND SPD as well. There are many though, that have ADHD and SPD but not autism. There is however a difference.
ADHD is mainly hyperactivity, and a hard time focusing.
Autism is developmental disorder and certain criteria is used to diagnose it.
SPD is most commonly diagnosed by an Occupation Therapist. That is the one that is the most different of the disorders. A child with SPD can be a SEEKER, or an AVOIDER, or BOTH. My son is both. He seeks proprioceptive input a lot. (rough play, heavy lifting) He avoids Olfactory and auditory input (smell and hearing.)
There are some great books out there to help you learn more. The Autism/ADHD connection is a great book.
Aspergers Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder is an amazing book that really breaks down SPD for you.
Lastly, Autism for Dummies was like my bible when my son was first diagnosed!
Anything is possible and does not have to be that way. That is just saying if one person likes another; it doesn't matter if two people have similar conditions. They are both human. It is possible for that to happen.
It also depends on the severity of the disorder. The more severe a person is affected by autism, the less likely they are to interact with others. It really is not a matter of liking someone or not, it is more that they are not sure how to interact with someone.
Medications such as anticonvulsants , muscle relaxants, and antidepressants may be tried. Opiate medications have also been used. Ketamine, an anesthetic agent, or calcitonin has been shown to be effective in some clinical studies.