Autism is a widely known genetic disorder that affects a large number of people, 5 in every 400 children in Australia have the disorder and quite often show any sings of it until they are at the ages of 3. Common effects of autism include the most widely know delay in speech patterns and challenges with being more social and really any form of communication.
Autism as of late has no cure, but there are many establishments that have been known to help accommodate to the irregularity’s that are considered hindrances, however not everything is bad about autism and there are some upsides to the disorder, such as the fabled improved counting through their own methods (This has been the plot of a few movies, most notably Rain man. ) or the enhanced creativity or memory.
The main symptoms of the disorder are as follows not responding to their own name by one year of age, avoiding eye contact or wanting to be alone often. They may have trouble feeling empathy towards others feelings or they may not wish to talk about their own. They repeat words and phrases over and over, give answers to unrated to questions, have obsessed hobbies and the most interesting in my eyes is the way that they react to things around them such as an unusual smell or touch.
There is know known cause of Autism or any of the sub groups that fall under the name. But it is theorised that there are many causes for many different types of autism. Having a sibling or parent with it could raise possibilities of getting ASD, or it may be a random gene error. There was a rumour that those poor parenting practices like spanking or smoking around the child would lead to and down right cause Autism, but that has since been disregarded, though a smart ploy to get parents to step up a bit.
In about 1 in 10 children with Autism are also diagnosed with, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, tuberous Syndrome or any other genetic chromosome disorder. Roughly 75% of autistic kids have some quality of mental retardation, most just a moderate amount, but some more severe. There are also the good traits such as being extremely fast at math or remembering a large list of information, like a phonebook. These gifted children are called, Autistic Savants. My research question is “Can Autistic people live a normal social life? ”
The social implications of the disorder generally means that Autistic children, and adults for that matter wont be that interested in a social life to begin with, even if they are pushed into it by their parents. They may find themselves without friends and will most often be alone. The question of actually being able to have a good social life, yes in rare cases they could have fantastic social lives. There would be the ones whose extreme fascination would be with people and emotions, something they other wise wouldn’t understand.
Even then they would then most likely study from a distance with their odd friend or two. But the question of most leading a healthy social life is unlikely, mainly due to not wanting one. There are multiple organisations looking into finding the cause and possibly a very effective treatment options, but as of now there isn’t a whole lot. The biggest study of Autistic children is being scheduled though being planned by a company named SEED they intended on making some ground breaking discoveries, and hopefully they do.