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  •  That's quackery. (0+ / 0-)

    Especially if the child has primary Autism.  Primaries are born that way and it is noticable almost from birth.  Aquired secondary Autism is another story and I would refer you to the work of Dr. Peter Knobloch of Syracuse University in this regard.

    Look into schools like Anderson at Staatsburg, New York, between Old Rheinbeck and New Hyde Park.  Real autism, real effort, real work.

    Bring a strong heart, cause it will break at how hard it can be to work with Autistic children.

    I love stories of high functioning savants like Taylor Grandin, until you realize Taylor is like one in a billion.

    Today, 5/19/07, 3415 Americans, and untold Iraqis are dead, tens of thousands more maimed. What are YOU going to do today to help end the Bush/Republican war?

    by boilerman10 on Sat May 19, 2007 at 09:04:51 PM PDT

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    •  One in a billion is probably a great underestimat (2+ / 0-)
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      Though Temple (not Taylor) Grandin is definitely an exception, the average autistic may not be as hopeless as you might have expected.  Meredyth Goldberg Edelson, a psychology professor at Willamette University, has done a study of various articles regarding autism and mental retardation, and discovered that it's very likely that a majority of autistics do not also exhibit mental retardation.  Indeed, she even cites Leo Kanner's paper in which autism was first described, in which he states that the autistics he studied had "good cognitive potentialities."

      •  I always get those names mixed up. (0+ / 0-)

        Mnay Autistics are like traps, what gets in stays in, but getting it back out can be incredibly difficult.

        Many autistics face difficulties other than retardation.  Louvaks and risperdal are often necessary to keep the extreme rigidity of autistics have as to schedules, routines, and the dreadful obsessive/compulsive symptoms under control.

        A neighbor of mine has an adult primary autistic son who went to Anderson, and is in a group home downstate, and I am amazed at the work they have done with him, the incredible loss of weight, speaking ability improvements, but the continuing OCD rigidity is truly something that has to be seen to be believed.  Things have to happen in a certain way and sequence, or there is hell to pay.

        The young man has been profoundly helped by, and really likes working with horses, and downstate has several horse farms.  Seeing him work with horses is something, he's like a horse whisperer.  He can ride too!  He was terrified at first I guess, but within days he really fell into the job.  Funny how that goes.

        Today, 5/19/07, 3415 Americans, and untold Iraqis are dead, tens of thousands more maimed. What are YOU going to do today to help end the Bush/Republican war?

        by boilerman10 on Sat May 19, 2007 at 10:24:21 PM PDT

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