Thanks xxx – just trying to get a handle of the cross section of parents here. I’ve been reading around the twins issues recently as there have been some interesting papers/blogs in the last few months. Many using the identical twins as “proof” of environmental involvement. My own feelings are that there will be a great deal learnt by systematic analysis of the DNA of twins and their family, particularly [...]


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If there’s one system that is as complex (and interesting) as the brain, it’s the immune system! Related, probably. Causative, mmm? You may find this interesting though neuroskeptic.blogspot.com/2011/05/a… My DS is LF and makes so few antibodies he needs weekly infusions to fight any infection. In addition to the common inflammatory/autoimmune complications present in ASC, perhaps together these self recognition problems, there are also issues with antibody production.  This leads [...]


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It is not difficult to lose sight of the fact we are part of the discovery process in the understanding of what what could be considered in essence a medical disorder – the cause of which is not yet known. While ASC are currently defined by behavioural characteristics I am confident that there will, in time, be definitive genetic causality of the range of conditions each of us have described. [...]


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I also think this thread is providing further realisation on the range of problems we and our kids face and it’s interesting to see that the HF/LF debate has been raised, I’d expect that Aspie/AD/HD differentiation may also become apparent at some point. To me, it’s an interesting observation in perception, as I’ve said elsewhere, many parents are speaking from their own position on the spectrum which of course may [...]


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“All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions.“ LEONARDO DA VINCI I think the main problem in making any sort of judgement here is fully dependent on what one considers Autism to be and how different societies deal with it’s consequences in individuals. To me, all the labels that we are presented with (as referred to this and many other boards) are mere subjective assessments of a very, very [...]


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I think there’s more and more people on the ground coming to the same realisation, and professionals are perhaps overlooking this as they are more concerned with the direct observation of the children. I understand that The Autism Research Center in Cambridge UK (under SBC) are asking for surveys to be completed – it would be more advantageous I think for national support agencies to be co-ordinated. www.autismspeaks.org/science/scienc… I think [...]


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@xxx – I’m sorry, my wording has mislead you, I didn’t mean to cast aspersions to you or any other mother regarding your femininity! The term extreme maleness or right brain, as xxxx says is from a research group and a serious attempt to describe some aspects of autism. Interesting, perhaps controversial but to my mind not the whole story. I was careful to use “in our experience”. Other than [...]


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I’m sure it is in all cases. There may be external factors that enable the genes to be expressed or suppressed in some cases but the underlying case is a complex mix of genes controling neurological development or neurochemical control. In our experience ALL families with ASD children have a ASD mother at least with recognisable traits – and some scientists believe in “extreme maleness”. The question is how many [...]


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Hello xxxx, you seem to be another independent thinker that considers evolution is somehow involved with ASD. For my own part, I believe this is exactly what we are seeing, not so much as a “new” step but one that has been going on ever since we climbed down from the trees. Talking pure science, there is no doubt that all ASD is a hereditable state, some say the MOST [...]


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I assume that’s “is it Possible to have deficits in all 3 areas of ASD and not diagnosed ASD ” in which case I’d say absolutely. The more research is done the clearer it becomes in my eyes that the states that are being diagnosed are merely symptoms of the same spectrum. It is medical science’s insistence on categorising symptoms to a labelled condition, the “overlap” is due to nothing more [...]


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