Click here to watch a video to get a realistic view of how children suffering with autism behave, and the options available to try to help them.
There are different forms of autism. Asperger’s Syndrome is one other form. Children and young adults (Aspies) suffering this form, are usually extremely intelligent, so it is more difficult to diagnose. They can learn ways to deal with social situations, but cannot communicate “normally” with people. They usually do not start a conversation, but will answer questions put to them. That is usually the end of the conversation. Their social interaction is short-lived; although, these patients can focus on what does interest them. Interests can range from animals to computer use. It is these interests that can occupy them in an obsessive way. Other obsessions may be present; for instance, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is very common. Jack Nicholson, in the movie, “As Good As It Gets,” played a character who had OCD.
The children with more common forms, along with Asperger’s, are extremely sensitive to visual and audiological stimulation. Their hearing can be super-sensitive and loud noises can cause extreme disturbance.
Here is a video of a young girl, Carly, who has uncontrollable body movements, but as she grows older, she has found a way to communicate through the keyboard. It was found she is highly intelligent; whereby, before, she was thought to be retarded.
Autism, in its many forms, is striking higher percentages of children as each year goes by. It is imperative that a cause be found. There are many unproven theories as to what is the cause. Could it be environment, or food, or genetic abnormalities? Does it occur at fertilization, or in the uterus? Without further research, no answer will be found. This is another disease that needs the support of the good people of the world.