Life With Autism


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'Foolproof' Test.

Posted by Lawrence Gordon on December 6, 2010 at 2:01 PM Comments comments (2)

In many UK newspapers last week they recorded that scientists in the USA had taken a major step forward in detectecting autism having developed a brain scan process.

The diagnosis checks out deviations in brain circuitry via the brain scan and will supplant the questionnaire they usually use for autism recognition.

It is hoped that earlier diagnosis, and therefore treatment, will stem from this. 

Harvard's McClean Hospital and the University of Utah claim the test is the best biologically based assessment that currently exists and detects 94% accuracy.

The study is published in 'Autism Research'.


We are getting there.



What a Fidget.

Posted by Lawrence Gordon on December 3, 2010 at 6:39 AM Comments comments (2)

What a fidget.

Home again overnight Andrew, my son, was an absolute darling. Happy, relaxed, ate all his food and was content to watch Barcelona v Real Madrid on the tv with his dad during the evening. But today, his switch has been flicked and by whom I know not, and he's a changed person. Agitated, loud and uncooperative in the extreme he has slammed doors, fiddled with door handles, switched lights on and off 00's of times and if he opens another cupboard door and shuts it this century, I'll crown him. Maybe he knew he was returning to Lorien this afternoon. If only I knew.


Day Out.

Posted by Lawrence Gordon on December 3, 2010 at 6:38 AM Comments comments (1)

He did have a lovely day out to Lichfield.

On the train to Lichfield, Thursday 25/11/2010 there sat my boy on his day out, or trip out for lunch. And he was happy, well-behaved and ate all his food. (No surprise there then.) The home are so good to their clients and Avril and me are so happy Andrew has settled. Like all parents we worried about his future now we are old and decrepit but his home and the care he receives are an answer to our prayers.


Attack on an Autistic boy. Justice met.

Posted by Lawrence Gordon on December 3, 2010 at 6:37 AM Comments comments (5)

Attack on Autistic teenager.

In the Daily Express today, 28/10/2010, is a sad article written by Jan Disley. In the article she states that despite public outrage 3 Manchester 'yobs' were given community services for their 3-day assault on an autistic teenager, described by a judge as 'grotesque' and 'almost torture'.

What did they do? This is not nice, but if there is any justice in life, or the courts, they will get their come uppance. This is what they did: kicked and stamped on his head repeatedly; punched him in the chest; beat him with a tennis raquet, scratched his arms and legs with sandpaper and threw him down a hill. He was pelted with dog mess; had tape attached to his groin area which was then ripped off; he was forced to drink vodka until he passed out. The yobs pleaded guilty to actual body harm and common assault. Why did they do it? They said they were bored.

Well I'm certainly not bored and despite my old age would like to have a few minutes with each of them, in private. I am outraged.


Seen in the Times.

Posted by Lawrence Gordon on December 3, 2010 at 6:36 AM Comments comments (1)

Still the same old story.I was not surprised to read at the weekend, in the Times of London, about another family who knew their son had a problem in development: autism. Again and again they were told there was no problem. Fortunately for the son the parents persisted having first alerted the health visitor when the boy was 8 weeks old.

This is and has been all to common in my experience collecting anecdotal evidence from parents. In my book 'Andrew Give us a Kiss' I wrote of similar problems we had convincing the nurses, doctors and paediatricians that our son had a problem.

The mother of the boy concerned in the newspaper article, Clare Lawrence, has written a book too called' Explaining Autism Spectrum Disorder'.

If I may quote her, Clare was told for years that there was nothing wrong with her son. She 'totally agrees because there is nothing wrong with having autism: but it is a difference'. Very refreshing comment.



Am I right or not?

Posted by Lawrence Gordon on December 3, 2010 at 6:33 AM Comments comments (1)

A new home amongst the chaos.It dawned on me many years ago that few, if any families are blessed all through life. Sure enough the big hand in the sky will one day signal you out and point its finger at you. This finger can point at any time of your life, so if you have it easy to begin with, watch out because the finger always points.

So it is that families suffer. More to the point, individuals in families suffer and they affect the family. Medical conditions fear nor wait for any man and history is littered with amazing individuals whose life is snuffed out early.

How we as nations handle these family problems perhaps indicates how far as a civilisation we have progressed.

We, in the UK and the Western World, seem to look after inefficient bankers, failed government ministers, footballers and their managers through huge payoffs, more than the suffering could ever hope to imagine. I'm sick of being told it is the market value of the person that is at stake. So what? You pay people huge amounts of money for failure? What sort of society is it that cannot look after the suffering as well as it looks after those financial failures?

If we survive as a civilisation, and history indicates that changes will be made in that area, then maybe, just maybe, we can show more financial empathy to the suffering.

If my Monday night rant offends I make no apology. There are times when thoughts must be spoken.

Best wishes

Lawrence Gordon

Identification News.

Posted by Lawrence Gordon on December 2, 2010 at 7:16 AM Comments comments (0)

I wrote on July 8th that researchers at Oxford University had developed a new method of detecting autism in some cases. Now another set of research called the Language Environment Analysis, published in Proceedings of the National Academy but reported in the Daily Telegraph 19th July, found that it is possible to detect autism by analysing children's voices.

The researchers found that some children with autism pronounce their words differently from non-autistic children. Differences in pronunciation may be picked up by a new vocal anlysis system which can record the child's speech for a day. The data is then fed into a specially produced computer programme which then analyses the noises of the child. Children with autism, the researchers stated, pronounce their syllables differently and this was an important indicator.

The system costs about £130 to operate and is 86% successful in identifying those with the condition.

I said last time that research must continue into the condition. This research is a big step forward. Well done I say, and thanks.


Lawrence Gordon.