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 t...

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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 centu...

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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 o...

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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 p...

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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 ma...

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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 ...

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