Curing Autism

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Curing Autism
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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 1:01am
Hello All!

I've been away for a little while because it's been quite busy here. Update: My son has had a playdate with the same person three times in a row now!! A first!!! Let's hope this keeps up.

Okay, to my subject heading. I was following the very interesting link about the adult aspies and curing autism. I wanted to throw in my two cents and ask other for their's. This is my belief, autism (anywhere on the spectrum) is an integral part of the person. I don't believe that autism can be cured BUT an autistic person can learn to cope with autism (and the rest of us as well). Being autistic does not mean one's fate is inevitably decided with the diagnosis. The earlier a child is diagnosised and helped, the better. I also very strongly believe that autistic children need constant (and persistant) teaching and help. It has been a royal pain in the ass but I have been a determined constant in my son's life. I have helped him learn to deal with anxieties, taunting, mudane skills as answering the phone properly, greeting people, and on and on. He also has sensory integration and ADHD. For the SI we have been doing listening therapy. I may be way off base here, but I feel that SI is not intertwined with autism and can be "cured." A person may always be sensitive (I was the SI queen as a child) but never in such a way as to inhibit functional behavior. ADHD, on the otherhand is like autism. I think that it is an integral part of the person. I think the big key here is learning. If an autistic child is capable of learning then they are capable of doing. I don't think autistic children learn in the same way as NT children. If a parent, teacher, therapist can find how to reach them then I think the child can learn coping skills, deal with their behavior and how to properly respond to the behavior of others. There is no cure in this, because I think that the autistic child will always have natural inclinations that don't jibe with the rest of us. They just learn what is acceptable, or not, and hopefully drive themselves to do what is proper. Like I said, it has been one royal pain in the you know what but my son has made some marvelous strides and could probably be described as "cured" by some. But I know him and I have a good idea of how he thinks and feels most of the time. Many times its a battle to behave properly but he struggles and he manages. He'll always be an aspie, an aspie that somehow manages to put up with the rest of us for most of the time :)

What do you think about autism? Can it be cured?

JMHO

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Registered: 10-09-2003
In reply to: bugziesmom
Tue, 10-14-2003 - 10:36am
I strongly agree with your statement, bugziesmom. I think with LOTS of early intervention, in some cases, the "symptoms" of ASDs, so to speak, can be greatly reduced to the point where most people don't notice them. This is the pundit put forth by our DS's ABA therapy group -- that with this intensive behavioral therapy over the next two years (until DS is in first grade), he will appear "normal" to his peers. Now, he may not be the most popular kid in the class, and people will sense there's something a bit odd about him, but you won't be able to slap the "autistic" label on him so readily.

I also believe that the autistic brain is wired differently -- it processes information differently, but no one knows exactly how. Clearly, visual learning is critically important. Beyond that, we're all struggling with how to either unlock the secrets of the autistic brain or retrain it to learn as we do. I'm not sure that one is better than the other, but we keep plugging along until our DS feels successful!

I just started reading Karyn Seroussi's book which gets into biomedical interventions as a way to cure autism. I don't think food allergies or vaccinations caused or worsened our son's symptoms at this point, but this has also been another fascinating topic of discussion along the curing autism lines. My DH is a microbiologist and works for a company that produces raw materials for a pharma/neutraceutical company that supplies supplements and probiotics to families with autistic children. He has heard many reports of complete turnarounds in children's behavior.

I am convinced that we'll find a way to cope with, if not cure, autism in my lifetime!

~ Chelsea

~ Chelsea
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In reply to: bugziesmom
Tue, 10-14-2003 - 1:24pm
Hi, I agree with what you have to say. I don't think autism can be cured but, the person can be coached along (so to speak) so they can function in this crazy society. As an adult, I don't care if my dd goes to college, works the 9-5 & has a job, does all of the traditional adult things. But, I do want her to be relatively happy & not depressed as so many AS kids become. I don't care if she lives at home her whole life. I don't want her though, to sit @ home day after day, watching TV, have little or no friends & play Gameboy ( which is kinda what she's doing now). So, I will try my hardest to help her be the BEST that she can be & try to help her out with the social skills, schoolwork, and whatever life brings our way... so she can be a little more productive. I like her odd, quirky, ways. It is who she is! Take Care, mary Ann
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In reply to: bugziesmom
Tue, 10-14-2003 - 8:49pm
I thought hard about this and I just want to add officially:

I have no opinion to offer.

-Paula

-Paula

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