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Posted by Angie UK on July 08, 2000 at 16:15:34:

In Reply to: did anyone see the programe on Tito,a12yr old severly autistic boy who writes amazing poetry? posted by lindsey dearnley on July 06, 2000 at 19:18:24:

Yes, I seen it. It was pretty amazing but not as much if you believe like I do that Autism is fundamentally a biochemical/biological illness and not a psychological disorder. He was able to express the physical problems he has purely because his mother dedicated her life to teaching a method of communicating which allowed him to express his thoughts.

It is easy to assume that a child who stimmed constantly looks as though he doesn't have intelligent thought, and if he couldn't express it like so many autistic children and adults can't then this myth continues.

The most shocking part of the programme was the three dinasours who were wheeled out as the so called representatives of Autistic Expertise in
the UK. Lorna Wing in particular who in particular said you had to become very sceptic of such claims in 'our trade'.

The true experts are people like Tito's Mum who just keeps going in the teaching of her child despite his disabilities. Anyway didn't mean to preach sorry go tcarried away. But hope some of his poems are published.

Cheers Angie

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