Factoids Which May Or May Not Dispell Some Myths

I just wanted to take time out to pass on some facts about autism that some of my blog followers may find interesting and or helpful2009_07100021:

Autism is a complex developmental disorder. It is part of a family of conditions known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that typically becomes apparent during the first three years of life.

Autism comes from the Greek word ‘auto’ meaning self.

Males are four times more likely to develop autism than females.

It is four times more common than cerebral palsy and 17 times more common than Down’s Syndrome.

It was first discovered in 1943 by American child psychiatrist Leo Kanner

Autism affects 535,000 UK families.

Asperger’s  Syndrome is akin to a high functioning form of autism and only 1 or 2 in 200 have a special talent.

People with autism need support with communication, social interaction and flexibility of thought.

Autism is associated with the increased likelihood of other disorders-including epilepsy, dyslexia, cerebral palsy & general learning difficulties.

The causes of autism are not known and there is no cure.


4 thoughts on “Factoids Which May Or May Not Dispell Some Myths

  1. I have previously read 4 high profile cases, 1 in Italy, 1 in USA and 2 in UK, where parents have won court settlements where the MMR jab as been the proven case of Autism. However, this possibly does not explain why it affects more boys than girls, as surely an equal amount would be vaccinated. As you note, it is a complex spectrum and therefore affects people in various ways and on differing levels. Maybe causes and cures are still years away, but in the meantime, I applaud your approach towards dispelling the myths, highlighting the wonderful uniqueness of having an Autistic child, the honesty of the condition and as ever, bringing the laughter!! xxxx

    • Yes Chubby I know of the cases You speak of. Science needs to try and find the cause of a disease or a condition in the hope of it leading to a cure. However this in turn can lead to false hope in those that seek to find an answer.
      Thank you for taking time to read the factoids. Xx

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