Google did the pictures
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.