So what is autism?
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|Thu, 10-16-2003 - 6:37pm|
For instance, is it a particular way of being and looking at the world only or does it include all these extra symptoms as well. Well at it's core, autism is a certain set of symptoms that seem to be the way a person looks at, processes and interacts with the world. However, it often goes in conjuction with a whole host of other problems which can include mental retardation, sensory difficulties, ADD, tics, OCD, etc. Are these side symptoms part of autism or separate.
Well I think folks could see it either way. IT is just the autism and the others are separate, but on the other hand would the child with MR and Sensory problems have those if he was not autistic?
So let the discussion begin. What do you consider autism? I am feeling devil's advocatish today.
For my part I feel a little of both. It would be easy for me to say they are separate. Although my kids have co-morbid conditions, they are able to function quite well and I am hopeful that they will live independent lives. On the other hand my nephew is more classic autism. He has a very hard time learning and relating to the world. I certainly hope he learns the skills by adulthood but I don't know. Part of his autism is to border right on the edge of MR. Hard to say for sure.