Brain imagery may help explain autism
New theory could lead to better forms of treatment
By Robert Bazell
Updated: 8:12 p.m. ET Jan. 14, 2005
PITTSBURGH – Ryan Yorio is an extremely likable 21-year-old who knows he has a problem.advertisement
“I have the disease autism,” he says.
Yorio is what is called a high-functioning autistic. He has a normal IQ but still has other hallmarks of the mental disorder — especially difficulty in social interactions.”I remember when I was younger, I was afraid to make eye contact, you know, with other people when I talk to them,” says Yorio.
In a lab at Carnegie Mellon University, researchers scan the brains of autistics like Yorio and control volunteers while they perform tasks.
Dr. Marcel Just, who heads the effort, points out that both the autistics and the control group use the same brain areas for perception — but the parts of the brain that bring things together are far less active in the autistics.
“There’s much more brain activity in the controls,” says Just while looking at the scans.
The problem, he says, is that the autistic brain is out of synch — and that is the underlying issue with autism.”When you put a person with autism into a complex situation, like a new task where they have to learn lots of new things — lots of people, things buzzing around, turning on and off — that’s very, very difficult,” says Just.
That’s why Yorio can do some things well, like remember the details of his favorite cartoon, Sponge Bob.
“Patrick Star is his friend,” recalls Yorio. “And Patrick is, like, completely stupid. But you know, Sponge Bob is funny. He works for the crusty crab. He’s a fry cook and he takes the job very seriously.”
But a regular conversation is difficult.
“They told me lots of times, ‘shut up,’ you know,” he says.
The autistic brain has been a big mystery. The hope now is this new understanding will open avenues to more effective treatment.
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.