From: John Larkin
Subject: Re: Austin Instruments to Close
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 19:15:22 -0800
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On Sat, 18 Jan 2003 11:58:23 +1100, "Phil Allison"
>"John Larkin" wrote in
>> On Wed, 15 Jan 2003 10:37:15 GMT, Tom MacIntyre
>> >>The fuss about autism seems a bit excessive. Anybody who posts to this
>> >>user group has to be a candidate for Asperger's syndrome - which some
>> >>see as low level autism.
>> My wife is a speech pathologist and works a lot with autistic kids,
>> ranging from mild Asperger cases to severe full-blown autism. She does
>> think that a lot of engineers and programmers are borderline; notably
>> Bill. Autistics are often talented sociopaths.
>> There is an explosion in autism... a factor of something like 5:1 in
>> the last 10 years or so, and it appears to be real. Nobody knows why.
> ** I believe it is finally being recognisd and diagnosed for waht it is
>instead of swept under the carpet. There is still a HUGE amount under every
> ....... Phil
The cases she sees can't be swept under any reasonable carpets. The
kids are normal till 18 months or so, then go bezerk: screeching,
struggling, total lack of interest or empathy for others, profound
impairment. A number of recent studies show that the increase is real,
not just a result of increased sensitivity or redefinition. She spent
some weeks visiting clinics in China, and the increase is similar
there... they are very concerned too. A lot of very smart people are
working on this, but there's no good lead to a cause so far.