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A couple, both working as professors at prestigious U.S. universities, have found that certain bacteria in the mother’s digestive tract can lead to having an autistic child. They have also found the exact brain location linked to autistic behaviors.
Most autistic children, teens and adults react negatively from sudden, unexpected change. What could be more devastating to them than the loss of their home, pets, and normal way of life?
One of the most understood aspects of autism are the meltdowns experienced by those who live with the disorder. These are often confused by others as behavioral, rather than what they really are, releases of emotional overload.
The Washington Post recently reported about a 10-year old autistic boy who was having difficulty in school and was arrested.
Presently, many psychologist and psychiatrists accept the findings in DSM-V that Selective Mutism cannot be comorbid with autism. Others, however, do not concur with this, and routinely care for children and adults who experience long periods in which their ability to verbalize is either limited or non-existent.
Years ago, boxers were thought to become "punch drunk" from too many blows to the head. Their condition became known in boxing and medical circles as dementia pugilistica. Today we know it as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease afflicting those who suffer multiple concussions.
Medical studies of both autism and traumatic brain injury (TBI) have focused primarily on brain injury as a causal factor in the presence of autism in earliest childhood. Few studies have focused on the impact of trauma on autistic adults.
Repeal and Replace - the cri de cœur of the Republican Party for seven years would devastate the autistic, and their parents. It would have harmed autistic citizens already covered by insurance policies and prevented families from adding autistic children.
Changes in education for disabled children are being discussed in Washington. Understand what's at stake, and what you can do.