why the sudden rise of autism today?
November 5, 2010 7:16am CST
Many years back, I have never encountered nor heard of any child or anyone suffering from autism. That is probably the reason why the word never even existed yet. However, today I notice that there is now a growing need of teachers to teach "special kids" with "learning problems or disabilities" like autistic children whose number are on the rise. No one can exactly say what the real cause of autism is. Some say it's the environment and the pollution, etc. There are others though who believe that this could be the side effect of some vaccines given to babies. How about you? Do you happen to know the real cause of autism?
• New Zealand
9 Jan 11
There would be many mixed opinions and views on the rise of autism. I would not be Really certain exactly as there maybe different reasons for different individuals for displaying autistic behaviour. I would question whether it should even be classified as a disability or just accepted as difference in people. Autistic children are not easily understood. Anti social behaviour can happen any time to any individual who feels uncomfortable or sees no benefit in communicating with certain people. (Traumatic events in the past???) This does not exclude the possible existance of other means of communication that the observer just hasn't discovered yet. (Presence of certain authority figures would silent certain children.) Children with learning disabilities would require different learning methods. Most Children would easily absorb any information in their memory very quickly. Can it be that there is simply no desire to share what is learned from certain teachers due to concerns the child may have. In some public environment some kids are told to be quiet because they may disturb other people.(Eg: Cinemas) This could lead to a habit. Most of these factors would apply to adults as well. Austism could be gradually developed in any individual as some effected people may see it a way to survive in this complicated world.
• Puerto Rico
5 Nov 10
I have a nephew who was diagnosed with autism at two years of age. Today he is 16 years old and smart in some stuff but still is not normal. I believe it has to do with the vaccines that the kids are given. They give to many at one time. When my daughter had her little girl they wanted to give 4 vaccines at the same time. My daughter said, "no way". She let them give her 2 at one time and then 1 each at different times. I think 4 vaccines at one time may be to much for a baby to deal with. I just hope and pray they come up with a cure or the reason for this happening. Its just such an uprise of cases in the past 20 years. Its horrible for both the child and the parents to deal with.
• United States
16 Jan 11
I have an autistic son. I think now that people can trace their family tree on line they are getting a good idea of how genetical it is. I can trace it back 5 generations through my mother. She couldn't understand anything that wasn't black and white. There was no place for flexibility. I have a tough time with it as well. There was a time when autistic children were just sent away. If no one saw them, it didn't exist. We could just lock away a family member just because. Now our society says lets keep the family in tact as much as possible. We will work with them and give them as unrestricted a life as possible. So now everyone is seeing it, dealing with it, educating them in a public school setting, exposing them to society.
8 Dec 10
There are no doubt environmental triggers to autism. We are learning more and more about this condition every day. And as we learn more we realize that it is an auto-immune disease, not a psychological disease. Is there something genetic in autism? probably. Is there something in our environment that makes autism more prevelant and more severe. Absolutely. There has been much research done that the American Association of Pediatricians fails to recognize. This is putting this generation of children in incredible danger.