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Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

Browsing Posts published in February, 2012

The article indicates that the path to autism happens very, very early in life.  The wiring required for life goes off track early and doesn’t move at the pace it should.  Imagine if this could be “course-corrected”.  Not very likely in our lifetime or even in our children’s lifetime, but I do think autism at birth will one day be easily corrected.  Who knows maybe some future world leader would have been severly autistic in our time, but an inspired leader in the future.

The early signs of autism are visible in the brains of 6-month-old infants, a  new study finds, suggesting that future treatments could  be given at this time, to lessen the impact of the disorder on children.

Researchers looked at how the brain develops in early life, and found that  tracts of white matter that connect different regions of the brain didn’t form  as quickly in children who later developed autism, compared with kids who didn’t  develop the disorder.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/02/17/autism-signs-appear-in-tot-brains-as-early-as-6-months/#ixzz1mgOlO0kQ

 

Blame it on being in the autistic spectrum.  My boys have a quirky gate.  They can run and throw but there is nothing effortless or easy with any physical activity they do.  Just as autism impacts their communication skills, it apparently also wrecks havoc with their motor skills.  This is one of those findings that is probably more interesting to the scientists who determined it, as it changes nothing.  All it does is link everything back to autism.

If there is any silver lining to this (and right now there isn’t one) it would be that future drugs that could help the brain neurons fire better for enhanced communication skills may also produce improved motor skills.

Autistic kids often have problems developing motor skills, such as running, throwing a ball or even learning how to write. But scientists have not known whether those difficulties run in families or are linked to autism.

Now, new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis points to autism as the culprit.

“From our results, it looks like motor impairments may be part of the autism diagnosis, rather than a trait genetically carried in the family,” said lead author Claudia List Hilton, PhD, assistant professor in occupational therapy and an instructor in psychiatry.

“That suggests that motor impairments are a core characteristic of the diagnosis,” Hilton noted.

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/02/16/268363-Autism-impairs-kids-motor-skills-.html

Nothing really new in that headline, but the monkey wrench is that it doesn’t matter what parent and there is no additive effect.  So the net result of this is the scientific community raising their shoulders and essentially saying WTF?