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Posted by art_smart on July 28, 2000 at 13:23:48:

In Reply to: Re: What causes autism? posted by Maria on July 25, 2000 at 14:14:15:

Thank you for your kind words. I printed them out and showed them to my friend, just to prove that she does not have to go through this alone. She is feeling much better and researching her options. What I do not understand is, why does this happen? I have heard that it is genetic, but there is also the concern about certain vaccines that has recently been raised. Which also raises moral questions about what we should do (because I dont' think there's any question that the vaccines have saved more people from disease, than they have caused autism). Is there some sort of DNA test or something available that they can check, maybe during an amnio, that can identify the tendency for autism? I checked but I couldn't find any specifics.

: As a mother of an Autistic child of course the mothers/parents feel guilty .But please tell you friend that it is certainly not her fault. Remember that her baby was sent special from above and is no different that any other child except that he just needs special love and attention. The doctors feel that children are born with this disability,that it takes place very early on in pregnancy, but it dosen't show up until 18 months to 2 years of age. that is when the parents see noticable difference. Tell you friend to get her child involved with an Early Intervention Program, and ABA (Applied Behavior Anaylsis)My child has been involved with this since he was 2 1/2...he is now 4...he can speak, sing, say the alphabet, potty trained, request things that he wants, etc...hopefully if all goes well he will be in pre-school next year and maintstreamed the next. Tell your friend there is light at the end of the tunnel!!! She needs to call the County she lives in to see what services they have, and to get involoved with organizations in her area.Good Luck and tell her to keep the faith!!!!

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