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Posted by Nancy on October 08, 2000 at 12:41:30:

In Reply to: Re: Is this typical behavior for an autistic child???? posted by Nancy, Are you Sure?-Grandma Peg on October 07, 2000 at 16:27:42:

Hi,

Actually T.V. was something never even crossed my mind as the cause of Emilys behavior. We do watch T.V. but mainly the educational programs. I feel Emily has actually learned a great deal from these programs in addition to the education my husband and I give her. We read to her a lot and she will turn the T.V. off herself when she's done watching it. I can understand the theory behind what you're saying. One time we went to a restaurant that had a lot of flashing, strobe lights and loud music. The wait staff would get up on the counter and dance. Emily became completely withdrawn and couldn't even eat so we left. It's as if she shut herself down to tune it all out. We now avoid places like that! Thanks for your reply. You really have a lot of insight to offer.

: REPLY; There's nothing impossible inthe range of feelings all kids have. It's only complicated when they can't or wont answer questioning as to why they change their minds. Same might be said of all of us. But, if your leading up to a theory of TV actuating your child's autism, or violent behavior, you're a little behind. We recently had some posters who thought that TV was THE leading cause of autism, as their theory. ( I hope you're not one of them coming back fo a second go-round).That's not to say that I don't think that the theory bears no truth, I think TV is not all that good for anyone and yes, we can become addicted to it as to any thing else, or habit. The flashing of light and color variations has been proven in scientific studies to affect the brains of everyone and the autistic, schizophrenic and epileptic more than others. The recent episode this summer in Japan was in the TV news and newspapers, that the flashing scenes and colors caused about 700 kids to have seizures. If you also recall, many TV news articles come up in winter about how lack of sunlight affects depression and people whose cases are severe are treated with bright white light. As for our ASD kids, I too think they may be more affected by this than others and especially the bright red stories and the all too quick actions of the characters seem to be the most addicting. IMO also, I think we've all gone too far in using TV as baby sitters, replacing normal activities or interacting with our kids. With these kids who just Need more time, we've got to find the way and just do it and minimize the importance of other mundane stuff. Just IMO. Grandma Peg



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