Tag Archives: Grey Matter

Question?: Autism Signs In Adults

Maria asks…

What would autistic parents teach an autistic child?

Autism is a mutation in the brain, and mutations can be either helpful or harmful (mutations are what brought mankind to where it is today). Suppose for a moment that we all see autism as normal yet different from what is socially normal. How would autistic people live in a society where everyone is also autistic? How would they interact, and what would they teach each other? What would career environments be like? How would homes be built? What would be valued, and what wouldn’t be?

What would the autistic life be like?
This is what I am trying to ask.

I don’t believe autism should be seen as a “disorder” or a handicap but rather a different way of thinking and different behavior.
I read in Times magazine that autistic people have less “grey matter” and more “white matter” in their brains, and that’s why there has to be a mutation in their genes that makes it that way.
And to the person who says that it’s a disorder and that autistic people cannot compete with the rest of society, what I am stating is: what if they didn’t have to compete and had dominance in society?

admin answers:

Autism is NOT a mutation in the brain. When looking at fMRI scans and regular MRI scans, you will NOT find some defining anomoly characteristic of autism.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. One should keep in mind however, that autism is a spectrum disorder and it affects each individual differently and at varying degrees – this is why early diagnosis is so crucial. By learning the signs, a child can begin benefiting from one of the many specialized intervention programs (see treatment and education).

And you are right, it should not be considered a disorder. It only is due to social standards created today. Austistic people are just different. They use their brain differently, and sometimes very uniquely. Like the Rain Man.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Symptoms

Linda asks…

What are the effects on the brain from aspergers’ syndrome?

I need to know what are the effects on the brain from Aspergers syndrome is. This is very important because i have to write a 3 page report on Aspergers’!

admin answers:

Hi I have pasred this from an article I found on the subject. You can find the rest on the source page listed below.

“Asperger’s syndrome (an autistic disorder) is characterized by stereotyped and obsessional behaviours, and pervasive abnormalities in socio?emotional and communicative behaviour. These symptoms lead to social exclusion and a significant healthcare burden; however, their neurobiological basis is poorly understood. There are few studies on brain anatomy of Asperger’s syndrome, and no focal anatomical abnormality has been reliably reported from brain imaging studies of autism, although there is increasing evidence for differences in limbic circuits. These brain regions are important in sensorimotor gating, and impaired ‘gating’ may partly explain the failure of people with autistic disorders to inhibit repetitive thoughts and actions. Thus, we compared brain anatomy and sensorimotor gating in healthy people with Asperger’s syndrome and controls. We included 21 adults with Asperger’s syndrome and 24 controls. All had normal IQ and were aged 18–49 years. We studied brain anatomy using quantitative MRI, and sensorimotor gating using prepulse inhibition of startle in a subset of 12 individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and 14 controls. We found significant age?related differences in volume of cerebral hemispheres and caudate nuclei (controls, but not people with Asperger’s syndrome, had age?related reductions in volume). Also, people with Asperger’s syndrome had significantly less grey matter in fronto?striatal and cerebellar regions than controls, and widespread differences in white matter. Moreover, sensorimotor gating was significantly impaired in Asperger’s syndrome. People with Asperger’s syndrome most likely have generalized alterations in brain development, but this is associated with significant differences from controls in the anatomy and function of specific brain regions implicated in behaviours characterizing the disorder. We hypothesize that Asperger’s syndrome is associated with abnormalities in fronto?striatal pathways resulting in defective sensorimotor gating, and consequently characteristic difficulties inhibiting repetitive thoughts, speech and actions.”

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 6 Year Old

Ken asks…

Do You Think Autism Is From Mandatory Vaccines?

My 6 year old has Autism and he was fine until his MMRI vaccine.

admin answers:

I think the evidence in favor of vaccine-induced autism is casual at best. There may be some indication that in “autism sensitive” individuals, vaccinations can spur the presentation of symptoms, but even that isn’t very well supported.

I believe that if autism was truly caused by childhood vaccinations, there wouldn’t be a statistical ratio in favor of males… All females get vaccinated just like males do, so if vaccines were the cause of autism, it makes sense that it would affect the genders much more equally. But the fact is that autism favors boys 8:1, possibly because of differences in the natural development of grey matter in areas of the brain concerned with social interaction in males and females. All women have more grey matter in this area than males, autistic or not, so the research suggests that males are more likely to develop autism than females because they already have fewer neural connections in that part of the brain.

I think it is probably just a coincidence that your son started showing his autistic symptoms coinciding with his MMRI vaccination. Sometimes it’s hard to tell with very young children, and doesn’t become apparent for a few years. Regardless of what caused it, I’m sorry that you both have to deal with that, but I wish you both the very best in the future. Good luck!

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