Did anyone watch The Autism Puzzle on television on Sunday night? I found the show very interesting. It touched on different aspects of the autism spectrum. Some children are low functioning autistic, which means that it can take them years to learn basic lessons that other children know instinctively, such as a few simple words. The show also touched on high functioning autism, which means no one knows the person has autism by looking at them, but do know that he acts differently.
People who suffer from any type of autism do not see things the same as we see them. The show touched on a study at Yale University where they tested children with and without autism. The researchers showed the children images of people on a television screen and monitored their eye movements. Children with autism didn't look at the upper part of people's faces. More often they concentrated on the area around the mouth. This is typical of those who have autism. They have no eye contact and if the autism is severe, they may not even be able to tell the difference between people and objects.
One in every 150 people suffer from autism. As my regular readers will know, one of these people is my grandson, Brandon. The chances are that you also know someone on the autism spectrum, even though they've never been formally diagnosed with the disorder. Many adults who have struggled all of their life have autism, yet no diagnosis has ever been made.
Today, 1 in 150 children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. That sounds like a lot. Could it be because there are more cases of autism or just that it was never diagnosed in previous years?
There is no cure for autism but with autism research, children can be taught many things that will help them live a happy and fulfilling life. Please help to raise autism awareness.