Subject: Re: Scientists baffled by increase in autism
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 19:44:23 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 21:42:34 CDT
"Lisa Gardner" wrote in message
> No, I am saying that there is an attitude in the world that emotions
> 'get in the way'. This attitude is leading to infants that don't have
> troublesome characteristic, emotions, around for anyone to deal with.
Sounds like LaMarckism. http://www.xrefer.com/entry/489583
> I have also heard someone else propose that so-called autistic
> people are in reality - at least the high functioning ones- *more*
> emotional than are other people, including being more empathic
> than others.
> When they are dropped into this world, it is so overwhelming for
> them, that they just 'close up' completely and don't allow themselves
> to feel *anything at all*.
The diagnosis of autism these days is applied to a spectrum of behaviors,
with no particular feature that is present in all individuals. Thus a
person who displays enough behaviors that fit on the spectrum gets that
diagnosis, regardless of whether the ones people typically think of as
"autistic" are present or not.
There are people with a complete normal range of emotional responses but
who don't conform to a number of other so-called "normal" social behaviors
expected of infants and
some of their expected developmental mileposts are delayed, who are
diagnosed as "autistic".
The diagnosis is much broader than it used to be, so that, despite the UC
finding that changes in diagnostic criteria alone dont account for all of
it, I think these changes account for a considerable amount of it.