autism is as we were told a combination of enviromental and genetic factors... basically crap to cover up that they dont know what causes it.
there are tons of theories out there and i say pick the one that suits you
my husband and i are on the wagon that respects neurodiversity. we dont believe in a cure. autism will probably not be able to be eradicated despite what science and exorcists think (dont laugh, there was a case THIS YEAR of an autstic child being killed during and exorcism to cure her of her autism). this however is not a popular view.
there are certain genes that have been identified as being "autistic" and the problem is that most people have them. they just get "switched on" in certain people and here is where it all falls apart. the why behind the "switch" is just driving the scientific and parental communities crazy. there could be a multitude of anwsers that could be correct.
my husband is of the opinion and it may sound loopy but it also may be right... that autism could be the next step in human evolution. the autistic brain is literally a different brain than the neurotypical brain. more storage capacity... thought is organized different... its just different. and when autism and aspergers work RIGHT they can be better brains. this is where my husbans starts to make a scary sort of sense...
evolution occurs because of stressers enviromental or whatever. we adapted through out history to survive whatever nature could throw at us and now we have practically beat nature... so what is stress now? technology. now we have to beat technological stress, information overload... everyday living has become exceedingly complex... think about all of the multitasking it takes just to drive a car... to control a hunk of metal and glass speeding down the road at 50 miles an hour with the only thing saving you from certain doom is how fast your brain processes imput. thats alot of stress... and we do it several times a day
so to combat this my husband is starting to think autism (once it has worked out the kinks like every step in evolution has) is that weapon in human survival.
now whether or not that makes sense of if you believe it or i even I believe it doesnt matter because it is just one theory that cant be tested in the mess of them
chances are that cara's autism came from a genetic code that one of or several of your or your husbands family members had. chances are that it COULD be relate to the neurology of your father... but there would be no conclusive way to test that. i am of the opinion that if a family has any kind of neurological disorders that just having a different neurology period would increase your likely hood of having any other neurological disorders. its sort of like dominos... one difference can effect everything. basically though the last uncharted territory that man has on this planet is the human brain. with everything they know about it there is 100 times more they dont... 1000 times more they dont.
its just human nature to wonder where and why and to find connections and patterns everywhere and even though we 100% except our son just the way he is and he cant embarass me now matter what he does (like wetting out at the grocery store monday
) my husband and i still intreged with the idea of what autism is and what it could be and who isaac got what from (i blame my husband for isaac's stubborn streak
). but yeah, in the end it is irrelevant
isaac is isaac and i wouldnt trade him if the law would let me!
even if i tell him that i am going to put him on a yard sale
(he thinks i am stupid when i say that) i wouldnt change the person he is as long as he is the best him he can be and he is happy its all good
sorry so long but i enjoy a good ramble from time to time!