Sunday, May 28, 2006

Autistic Children are Extremely Advanced

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Time Magazine

May 15, 2006

"Inside the Autistic Mind"

by Claudia Wallis

Autistic Children are Extremely Advanced

New technology is helping us diagnose how the brain of an autistic child works and how it compares to our brain and guess what? The part of the brain, the hippocamus, connected with memory is 10% larger than ours.Wallis tells us about a gifted teen who could not communicate very well at first; but now, with a tutor and a specialized computer keyboard she can communicate and solve difficult problems well. 

Troubling is the fact that their frontal lobes, connected to higher reasoning, are inflammed.Scientists have yet to find the cause for this. Research is ongoing.

Researchers have discovered that head banging or repeating phrases, says Wallis, are just coping mechanisms, not hard wired.A remarkable researcher, Wallis has concluded that the autistic are not cold and that they do have the abilitiy to feel love and other deep emotions; it's just their lack of ability to communicate before this new found technology that has been the fault.Wow! I knew this but now there is proof!

Wallis points out that people have often listened only to the most highly functioning autistic people.She says that Chadima Rajapatirana, an autisitc writer from Indiana, explains that her body experiences a lack of knwoing if she is sitting or standing. Sometimes,Rajapatrirana says, it takes someone's hand on her leg for her to know where she is.

This research is great and it show us how talented autistic people can be!

Please give us your thoughts about autism. You could include  your feelings about autistic people and any experiences with autism or with people you know who are autistic.




jlocorriere05 said...

Andy's sister Zena works with Autistic kids, she's a consultant for  Pyramid Educational Consultants UK Ltd an American based consultancy. A lot of Autistic kids do have special talents and do well when receiving the right kind of attention. Jeannette xx

libragem007 said...

Very interesting entry Nat..I'll read more into it :-)
thanks for sharing this info.
Happy Memorial day,
Gem :-)

djohn52 said...

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Have a great weekend!  :)


hadonfield78 said...


Thank you for writing this entry, you did a beautiful job with it.
My youngest son (Zachary) is 10 and he is autistic.
Most people dont realize just how smart these kids really are...
Thank you again for doing this entry...

sugar1337 said...

There are definately different levels at which autistic people can function and it is good that they are doing so much research on the subject now.

readmereadyou said...

I have friends who have children of all ages with this syndrome. Some do very well and others not and most fall in between somewhere. For example, I have one friend who has a 30-something son who cannot speak, hug or tie his own shoes. Had another whose son could talk and play any song on the piano he ever heard, even once, just beautifully. It's an odd illness and no two are alike.


cdittric77 said...

I saw an article the other day on NPR that addressed this topic. Research into this area is greatly needed, not just to benefit those with autism and those who do not understand its implications, but also because more and more children are being born with this challenge than ever before.

sunnyside46 said...

I have worked with severely autistic kids . I think it is the most heartbreaking thing for a parent to go through.

princesssaurora said...

Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that there are many shades of symptoms from the highly functioning to those individuals who are trapped within themselves completely...which is only 10% of the autistic.  As a mom to a son with Asperger's Syndrome, considered to be the highest functioning end of the spectrum, I am not surprised by anything in this article...

be well,

hrf0384 said...

dont give up.
president bush said he was signing a bill for reasearch and cure.

hrf0384 said...

great news.

president bush already signed and pass the bill for autism reasearch.

it is now AFFICIAL.

hrf0384 said...

everybody in the white house including bush was for the research bill.

one billion dollars was put into the bill for researching.