Autism can be so unpredictable. There’s no cure, there’s not one widely agreed upon cause, and no two people with autism are exactly the same. I remember when my daughter was first diagnosed at 3 years old, I asked questions like “will she ever be fully independent? will she go to college? will she marry? will she drive a car?” Of course, no doctor or therapist could answer that with certainty- and I asked them all! It’s funny to look back at that time and think about how important those things were to me then, and to realize how very unimportant they are to me today.
There are just too many things about autism that are variable and uncertain. However, here are five things I know to be true about autism:
Autism is a mental condition that impairs a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It is a life-long, developmental disability that prevents children from understanding what they see, hear and sense. Hence, it requires special care and treatment.
It is necessary for all of us to help autistic children overcome the challenges and live a normal life. Before understanding how to help them, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of autism.
There are generally two types of behaviors through which you can identify the disorder in children:
Measles, a once eradicated disease, is making a comeback. More than 100 cases have been reported across 14 states since the Disneyland outbreak began last December—forcing health organizations, public health agencies, and concerned individuals to beg parents everywhere to vaccinate their children.
The public has blamed celebritie such as Jenny McCarthy, Rob Schneider, and Kristin Cavallari. After all, they’ve irresponsibly used their influence to speak out about a link between vaccines and autism (a myth that can be traced to a discredited 1998 study whose author’s medical license had since been revoked). But the measles crisis is in the hands of families now, and there’s one major thing they can do: Listen to the experts.
On Friday, advocacy group Autism Speaks released a statement.
“Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism,” Rob Ring, the organization’s chief science officer, said in the statement. “The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated.”
Other autism advocates agree.
“What we’ve learned is that autism likely starts long before the emergence of any type of symptoms that can be observed,” said Christopher Smith, a psychologist specializing in autism diagnosis and the vice president and research director at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. “The cause of this? We have no idea,” he said. Like Ring, one thing he knows “without a doubt” is that vaccines don’t cause the disorder.
As advocates focus on how to best serve people with autism, many scientists are working to understand the disorder. Here are five things experts say may cause autism.
13 essential Steps For your Child’s Recovery from Autism
It is very natural for all parents to go through a ‘difficult period’ initially once they come to know about their child ‘s autism issue. My advise would be’ please don’t despair’ even if your pediatrician has taken away every bit of hope of your child’s recovery from autism. I have seen plenty of cases recovering or becoming quite significantly better after early behavior and Homeopathic intervention. You can believe me because I have huge experience in dealing with Autism. My Clinic deals with nearly 3-5 new cases of autism every day and a follow-up of at least dozen Autism cases every day.
Every person with autism receives the same diagnosis: autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that a person can be mildly, moderately, or severely autistic. What’s more, while everyone with autism has certain core symptoms, many people also have additional associated symptoms such as intellectual or language impairments.
To help clinicians (and others) better describe individual cases of autism, the creators of the official diagnostic manual (DSM-5) developed three “levels of support.” Clinicians are expected to diagnose people with autism at level 1, level 2, or level 3. These levels reflect individuals’ ability to communicate, adapt to new situations, expand beyond restricted interests, and manage daily life. People at level 1 need relatively little support, while people at level three need a great deal of support.
While the idea of ASD levels of support makes logical sense, it’s not always easy for clinicians to assign a level. What’s more, assignment of levels can be somewhat subjective. It’s also very possible for an individual to change levels over time as their skills improve and other issues (such as anxiety) decrease.
Asperger’s Syndrome has received a great deal of attention lately. What used to be viewed as odd, unusual behavior in some children and adults is now recognized as part of a condition that has been widely reported on and discussed in the general media.
However, in some cases important information about Asperger’s Syndrome is not included in the overall discussion. Here are facts that parents, family members, educators, and others interested in Asperger’s should know about this condition.
There is currently no known cause of Asperger Syndrome. Some researchers believe that the presence of Asperger’s is due to irregular behavior of embryonic cells while the fetus is developing. This irregular behavior causes changes to the brain structure during development and early childhood years. It’s also widely believed that Asperger’s is hereditary. In a study of identical twins, it was shown that when one twin was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, the other twin had a 30% chance of also being diagnosed. Because 30% is significantly higher than the normal incidence rate, the results strongly indicate that genes are directly correlated the development of Asperger’s.
April is Autism Awareness Month. The topic of autism among our youth and adults is something I’m quite passionate about. You might be surprised to know that 1 in 68 births in the United States receive an autism diagnosis with that number increasing every year.
Autism Speaks, a leading autism advocacy non-profit, defines autism as a group of complex disorders of brain development that is often referred to as autism, autism spectrum disorder or ASD. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
Thirty-five percent young adults ages 19-23 diagnosed with autism are not employed or received post-secondary education according to a 2012 Pediatrics study. These adults are eager and excited to work but struggle to fit into a hiring and recruitment process that is fundamentally social.
Individuals diagnosed with autism struggle to communicate and interact socially depending on the severity of their autism diagnosis throughout their childhood as well as adults lives. Our hiring practices as well as workplaces for those with autism are not designed for those with this invisible disability. The traditional interviewing and candidate selection process is a social one. Recruiters and hiring managers like candidates to engage and respond to social cues, answer questions and make eye contact. These are not things individuals who are diagnosed with autism can always do. It’s also the reason why employers are establishing special hiring programs designed to engage and hire this workforce.
Is It Impossible to Get a Job with Aspergers or Autism?
I am a psychologist and my area of expertise is with individuals who identify as either Autistic or Asperger’s. My goal is to identify these individuals and help them become self-accepting, self-aware, and excited about who they are and who they will be.
Embedded within my private practice (Southeast Psych) is a media company which helps get psychology out to the world in a fun, free, and exciting way. We have cameras, a green screen, and high-end video editing software.
In addition to some of the major film editing work, we realized we were also in need of someone who could add graphics as well as animation to our projects.
Due to this need, we reached out to the local community college and other surrounding universities in an attempt to fulfill this need through a potential internship program. Animators can be had to find.
Various individuals sent us portfolios of their work, and based on those submissions, we conducted interviews. Note! We received the work product first with a resume rather than conducting the interview first.
During one interview, I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew. I immediately recognized Matthew was on the spectrum or “Aspie.” Matthew also knew he was on the spectrum and was able to concisely and eloquently describe his social and educational experiences.
He described himself as having a social fuse which sometimes burned too short, and he would sometimes need time alone to recharge the fuse. I was impressed with his self-awareness as well as his identification with and knowledge of the spectrum.