This is a post from a blog I did called the box of chocolates experiment. I am putting them all on this site for uniting purposes.
“There is no evidence to support the theory that dietary regimes can help children on the autistic spectrum.’ This is the common reaction of so many GPs and specialists when they are approached for advice and help with dietary intervention. So what exactly is evidence? Well, in my dictionary it’s defined as: ‘…indication, sign, clearness, facts in support of….information tending to establish the facts….’ Thousands of children and adults on the autistic spectrum demonstrate spectacular and permanent changes once their diet is altered and those problems, once forgotten, often return abruptly when the diet is infringed. Evidence enough to the many, many parents whose children now sleep through the night, say ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy’ for the first time and start noticing the world around them (Le Breton, 2001, p.9).
I know the quote was long but it needed to be exactly stated in another’s words. We learned about autism in my biopsychology class today.
Children that do not connect to life. They do not recognize people as people but as objects. They have a delayed development of language (no babbling by 12 months and no words by 16 months). These children do not smile or make happy expressions by 9 months.
If laughing is about the unexpected then is their mind at a lag? Do they not process and adapt to a situation, but merely have the situation without the adaptation. Are they not forming new connections?
Autism is the most prevalent childhood neuroloical disorder and is increasing. 1 in 166 births.
All you have to do is see if it is increasing in other cultures….*asks this in class*
Unfortunately the debate there is that we don’t have the means to measure autism in other cultures. Since there isn’t awareness of what it is they don’t know what to look for.
*Googles it after class/fifteen minutes ago*
” Although the diagnosis of autism is rising in post-industrial nations, diagnosis rates are much lower in developing nations. Reasons given by researchers for this discrepancy include more awareness and better detection in developed nations and cultural differences such that symptoms associated with autism may be considered normal behavior in some cultures.“
These fucking disorders have to become a brain scan so that we can have quantitative, irrefutable, non biased basis for determining the wicked things lying in our minds, the liquid that flows and bubbles lava and just ektoo fellen rashneflen hint orklek tonfein.
Kids with autism have delayed development of social interaction
- No smiles/happy expressions by 9 months
- No communicative gesture by 1 yr, joint attention (distractable)
Case Study: Alex
- Cried so hard he would vomit (or was he trying to vomit something out? bodily rejection of what was inside him…(food tie in))
- Would see delivery boy “Are you ready to rock?” This was said one time to him and then he kept saying it every time he saw a delivery boy. It didn’t even have to be the same delivery boy (trapped in a connection, connects back to the same place instead of forming new connections/adapting to new stimuli)
- People with autism tend to obsess over something
- Severe form of OCD?
- He would repeat the phrase “I love you”. At first the mother was excited then realized it was an empty phrase. He was just repeating what he had heard. People were just…objects.
Three Core Symptoms of Autism
- Reduced ability to interpret emotions/intentions of others
- A girl “hurt herself” (said ouch I hurt my hand to a kid with autism and one without) and the ‘normal’ kid rushed over and said are you hurt. The autism child went back to his toy.
- (Reduced connection to primal nature?)
- Reduced capacity for social interaction and communication
- Decreased sexuality? (Remember this is a sex and suicide blog with one being a disconnect from the primal and one being primal)
- Preoccupation with single subject or activity
- Unable to connect outside of one thing/a few things? Trapped in ‘one’ connection?
“Overall it was happy dappy cheery freery times…until I couldn’t find my keys for work. At first rational calm Ainsley searched for them and then as time kept passing it was consumption, horrible overtaking consumption where it felt like I couldn’t handle what was happening and all control was lost to the situation rather than solutions. I searched the same places over and over despite a pretty strong sane self hovering over me and saying that was silly, to look elsewhere, but I would look elsewhere and there were no keys so I stopped listening to that voice and looked in the fridge again.”
There’s a small possibility she could sue me for using her slide, but I’m counting it as a picture rather than words and changed those dots to red so…ha.
10% of kids with autism are savants and 50% of savants have autism.
It’s like the ‘advantage’ I got with ADHD of hyperfocus. Woooooooooooooooooo
So do kids with autism only connect to that one place? While we learn to connect elsewhere and gain social functioning and ‘connect’ with people they only stay in one place. They develop all of their attention to there and no where else.
To the point that when ever we try to learn a piano piece we connect to other piano pieces or to water or McDonald’s for the night, and they just stay there. They stay in that one place. All they have is that piano piece.
Their brain might compensate. Such as when you are blind in one eye your brain makes up for it in the other eye.
Most people when they look at a face look at your eyes twice, down to the mouth and then up again. Kids with autism actually avoid the eyes.
Another disconnect of primal nature.
Le Breton, Marilyn. (2001). Diet Intervention and Autism: Implementing the Gluten Free and Casein Free Diet for Autistic Children and Adults: A Practical Guide for Parents, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
*pain at the possibility of how deep this goes*
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