Monday, August 24, 2009

AUTISM...GREAT STORY, and GREAT LINKS

I thought I would make another post on Autism, since I ran across this heart warming article concerning Autism, and since I have 2 very dear people close to me that have autistic children.

http://news.aol.com/health/article/autistic-teens-learn-social-skills-in/633311?icid=mainhtmlws-maindl5link3http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Fhealth%2Farticle%2Fautistic-teens-learn-social-skills-in%2F633311

This next article explains a little bit about Autism and how it affects the brain, and how it runs in families. Scientists are studying on which genes are responsible for Autism in the family tree.

http://www.aolhealth.com/conditions/autism?flv=1


Wikipedia's definition of Autism..."Autism is a brain development disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism



I certainly hope that these links have been helpful for you, and informative. Maybe you learned something new about Autism that you were unaware of before. If you have a story about Autism, and it's effects on the family, and how families have coped with this illness, please share it with our readers. Thanks!

6 comments:

Nicjor79 said...

This is some interesting stuff. The first article especially shows how much our understanding of autism has changed over the years. I have a form of autism myself (Asperger's syndrome) and I'm very grateful that I wasn't diagnosed until adulthood- otherwise I probably would have been forced to take classes as a child that would have hindered my intellectual growth.

While one in 150 kids has some form of autism (and that's a lot), what most people don't understand is that most of those kids are, well, just weird kids. They're perfectly capable of becoming productive, self-sustaining adults- and it's really funny how you don't seem to find that many articles about adult autism. I think a lot of autistic adults don't even know what they have.

It's a strange analogy, but I sometimes say that autism is the new herpes. It's inconvenient and a little embarrassing when people find out you have it, but it's nothing you can't learn to live with.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great articles and links, Deb. I have two blogger friends who have autistic children.

Hugs,
Betsy

Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

Nic...thanks so much for sharing your story with us. I've never heard of that syndrome you mentioned, but I will look it up.

Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

Betsy, thanks for telling me about your friends' children. I have two very dear friends that have autistic children. While it's challenging to have an autistic child, it's also truly rewarding...from what they have told me. One of your blogger friends from Alabama came to my site today, Betsy.

Alabama Angyl said...

Thank you for this post! My husband has a sister who is severely autistic.

Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

You are quite welcome. I try to update medical posts when I find something new....and will try to do so with this post. If you find something you would like to share with our readers, please post it, Angyl :)