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Mark Hyman, MD: How to Rid Your Body of Mercury and Other Heavy Metals: A 3-Step Plan to Recover Your Health. Making Sense of Autism. This is the place where I tell you about my autism... How does my autism affect me?

This is the place where I tell you about my autism...

What does it do to me? Well, firstly, it makes me more of a loner than most people would be. Not that I'm anti-social, though - the sad fact is that I can't easily cope with too many human-to-human interactions all at once. This is because I find it difficult to process all that verbal and non-verbal information all at once. It's a bit like a PC, you know... you run your PC under Windows and then you select about four applications to use.

Another thing it affects is my ability to deal with emotions. I also have difficulties understanding what people say to me. The thinking bit of the brain is actually two very separate structures, which only "talk" to each other via this thing called the corpus callosum (almost literally, the hard bit!). What my autism does to me is to make me vulnerable to being abused, and this has happened to me all my life. RELATIONSHIPS.... Learning is very difficult for an autistic person. The question of cure. Internet Resources The argument dividing the autism community regarding the need to cure autism as opposed to accepting autistic people as a natural expression of diversity has been on my mind a lot lately.

the question of cure

The possibility that I could be very autistic for the rest of my life always upsets me. Therefore, when people talk about a cure I actually love to hear it. To be realistic, I know I will never be cured. The cause of my autism is a genetic anomaly and can't be changed. First off, I do not regard myself as disabled in any way. Alan G. After working with me for over three years, my parents achieved what the experts had deemed 'impossible': my complete recovery from autism with no trace of my former condition.

Raun Kaufman. In my 16 years of pediatric practice, I have seen many children with autism improve. As a parent, I understand the source of any possible despair that a child may not be "normal. " To cure what? Chris Collins, Asbury Park Press Kathleen Seidel, The New York Times > Health > How About Not 'Curing' Us, Some Autistics Are Pleading. Independence and Supports. Independence and Supports I am not interested, in this particular post, in explaining why assistance technology and supported daily lives do not detract from independence, or why independence is not necessarily a goal, or why I focus on autonomy and self-determination instead.

Independence and Supports

That’s for another, more philosophical post. In this post I want to talk about the boys I work with, and their prospects, and how this challenges some stereotypes, reinforces others, and fits in with the social model. I also want to highlight one very important, very salient fact: Abilities are never stagnant. I illustrate this based on the experience of three boys I’ve worked with, all with—at the very least—Kanner’s Autism/Classic Autism/Moderate–Severe Autism. These three boys will be identified as Griffin, Peter, and Daniel. When I first encountered these boys a year ago, I was much less optimistic about their futures. And so I have reconsidered what their futures might look like. Hope For Autism & Asperger's Syndrome: My Story. Autism Spectrum Autism Spectrum Newsletter > Features > Author Information > Author Article. Some days it seems the only predictable thing about it is the unpredictability.

The only consistent attribute -- the inconsistency There is little argument on any level but that autism is baffling, even to those who spend their lives around it. The child who lives with autism may look “normal” but his behavior can be perplexing and downright difficult. Autism was once thought an “incurable” disorder, but that notion is crumbling in the face knowledge and understanding that is increasing as you read this. Every day, individuals with autism are showing us that they can overcome, compensate for and otherwise manage many of autism’s most challenging aspects.

Equipping those around our children with simple understanding of autism’s most basic elements has a tremendous impact on their ability to journey towards productive, independent adulthood. Here are ten things every child with autism wishes you knew: 1. As an adult, you have some control over how you define yourself. 2. 3.