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Autism is misunderstood. How is it assessed and diagnosed? What are the causes? What are the clinical psychologist and therapy treatments? Is there any cure? What are the latest discoveries from medical research?

Social blindness is the definitive symptom typifying autism. With such blindness, there is complete lack of social interaction and social relationships. Early on in their lives, our autistic children have special interests which are predominant throughout their lives and exclude emotions. Autistic children have to be taught about social cues and how to play games and engage in play activities with other children.

Even when they become adults and have caretaker partners and families they often have little interest in their children, relationships or sexual activity. Only those who have been given intensive social education can be able to engage in relationships at work or in the home environment. Those who socialise usually visit the cinema or attend hobby communities in social groups of asperger's adults.

Early on in their lives there are social development delays which affect autistic children. Social withdrawal from playing in groups with other children is particularly marked. Our autistic child is often brilliantly talented but essentially preoccupied. Therefore, autistic children are loners. Even though they have the thoughts, many autistic children don't learn to speak until they are five years old.

Each autistic child has concrete thought patterns as they become preoccupied with spinning toys, memorising mathematical tables and maps, copying conversations from the television, lining up toy train tracks in exact order, learning chess, collecting historical battle sets, . However, these thought patterns are so entrenched they do not recognise emotions such as frustration, anger, jealousy, liking others, laughing, crying. Almost every autistic child wants to play alone.

Our autistic child is frequently very persistent in repetitive running in circles, spinning around, flapping their hands up in front of their eyes, persistent jumping up and down, bodyrocking. Autistic children are preoccupied with detail but can't express thoughts into emotions and speech. With such abilities, autistic children often display amazing mathematical capabilities and memorization feats.

Only by enrolling autistic children in school supportive programs for behavioural therapy can any life skills coaching become effective. On the subject of group activities, sports and theatre groups are essential to lead to normal development of social skills through play and socialisation treatment to learn how to make friendships and develop relationships.

So now we know the symptoms of autism which can be assessed and diagnosed by the clinical psychologist but the causes of the condition are neurological. Some regions of the inner brain become dysfunctional where developmental pathways have become separated. Specific sensory problems occur when the autistic child over-reacts to both sounds and temperature.

Only sensory integration therapy can begin to start to repair the problem. For mild autism this can begin to deliver results but severe autism requires intensive medication. Early in the autistic's life is the best time to start to begin these behaviour therapies. Most autistic adults have caretaker partners in their marriage as they have no interest, no affection, no empathy for their children and any sexual activity is purely mechanical.

If a child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder this affects any of the prescribed medications for autism. To resolve this situation, paradoxical response tests have to be conducted. For safety, once these tests have been conducted then if there is ADHD, combinations of medication treatment can be administered to the individual.

Not only are the neurological causes of autism yet to be fully understood because they require intensive genetic research, the treatment for autism has to be special education behaviour therapy. Any social skills psychotherapy has to intensive because autism is much more about social psychology awareness rather than any cognitive thought pattern or perception disorder.


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I am very appreciative of this article....and have great compassion for the adults of autistic children and their devotion for life...I only wish there was more we could do to help them integrate into society somehow...and this sounds like good advice...thanks for posting about this...k

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