It will always be very confusing for newcomers to the wonders of the ASD world if everyone expresses all of the observations of ASD behavior as separate conditions. Nature has little reverence for the learned individuals who have described these behaviors over the years and we should not view them as distinct “illnesses”. The labels that are presented are nothing more than a convenient mechanism for describing SOME of the [...]


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Flapping was said to be “age appropriate” I think the phrase should be “context-appropriate”. Flapping, or any involuntary stim is just that, and I think the context of the action is the determining factor. There are many “NT” actions that could strictly be termed stims (e.g. nail biting, finger strumming, foot tapping) and all are what I believe to be simple automatic muscle movements which the brain does subconsciously in [...]


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Sorry guys but I think everyone, particularly in the ASD affected community should do everything they can to stop this being completed and introduced. As it stands, this will have a huge and negative effect on those with a Dx and those seeking one. I seems to be driven by reduction in provisional increase in medication by a potentially corrupt panel of individuals. Even the chairman DSM IV has grave [...]


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I agree with the general consensus – NO! IMO… “Autism” or more correctly ASD has but one cause – genetic: period. ASD is a wide collection of neurological differences which affect behaviour, sensation and interaction with the outside world: period. The “ASD individual” is cast in stone either at conception or in the first divisions of life and the main effect constructed in the second and third trimester. ASD individuals [...]


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I feel some statements regarding social delays signal a fundamental misunderstanding of autistic spectrum and is one that is perhaps at the heart of the miscommunication and misdiagnosis by professionals and in a wider sense maltreatment by a large proportion of society. I appreciate that the concept of “social delay” is becoming central to¬† current thinking moving away from the “triad of impairments” but as with previous exclusive classifications it [...]


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Recent research has shown that it is a misconception from previous teachings that identical twins have identical DNA – they don’t. By definition they started out with the same DNA but either at, or shortly after the first cell division which created the two individuals there are some “replication errors” which make the two developing individuals “almost” identical. These “errors” may be a replication of a number of gene sequences [...]


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In my opinion if he has a Dx of ADHD he already has a Dx of ASD as in all but current official classifications and narrow minded professional mindsets, ADHD is an autistic condition. Most of these sub-classifications will be fall out of use, DSM has dropped Aspergers, more will follow. I also believe that most if not all Dx of “bipolar” will change again, also fall into the ASD [...]


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Autism is almost certainly polygenic, that is to say there are lots of genes responsible for the final expression of the ASD state. Although ther have been several gene sequences shown to be associated with certain ASD traits, they are far from diagnostic. While there may be some value in testing to rule out other “autism like” conditions it is limited and the predictive accuracy for sibings is poor. While [...]


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Using the old adage “When you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism.” one should not believe or expect anything. Just as looking at a childs fingers can’t predict how well a piano player they will be; making judgements on a level or extent an autistic trait will be expressed or how well the brain will bypass or rediscover areas which govern a trait [...]


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