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(psychiatry) an abnormal absorption with the self

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Is a new style of self-help book for the US & UK market which takes the reader through a step-by-step guide to autism self-diagnosis and also looks at the wider cultural issues that affect autistic people.
10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- "So much is written about autism by people who are not autistic, I thought it would be useful to write a self-help book for adults who think they might be autistic and would like to learn more about autism and the road to self-diagnosis and/or the formal diagnosis process from the view of an autistic person.
Mottron's research team has strongly established and replicated the abilities and sometimes superiorities of autistics in multiple cognitive operations such as perception and reasoning, as have others.
Dr Mottron said he did not want to underplay the challenges of autism, adding: "One out of 10 autistics cannot speak, nine out of 10 have no regular job and four out of five autistic adults are still dependent on their parents.
For example, autistics shift flexibly back and forth between focusing on details of a scene or its overall configuration, whereas nonautistics single-mindedly concentrate on the big picture, she says.
There's more to the intelligence of autistic people than meets the IQ.
Lou Arrendale is a high-functioning autistic who must decide whether or not to undergo a procedure that will make him "normal.
Our wager was that autistics could complete such a test and they surpassed our expectations," she added.
The study, involving 15 autistics and 18 non-autistics aged 14 to 36 years, showed that autistics complete the test as efficiently and have a more highly developed perception than non-autistics.
For most of his life, the 12-year old autistic boy had uttered only single words or short phrases.
Indeed, Ritvo maintains, because some participants in the study were not screened for fragile X syndrome, nearly 17 percent of the autistics might have had one of these diseases.
The push for new remedies no doubt reflects the mystery that surrounds the causes of autism and the dismal outlook for those afflicted with it: Fewer than one in 20 autistics become independently functioning adults living outside institutions or custodial care.
The two research teams have noticed an intriguing abnormality in the brains of the small group of autistics they have examined: The cerebellum, a portion of the brain involved with muscle coordination and the regulation of incoming sensations, contains fewer neurons known as Purkinje cells.
This made it possible to reduce or stop neuroleptic drug use for five subjects; neuroleptic medication is often used in an attempt to control aggressive behavior among autistics, says Ratey, but it can lead to movement disorders (SN: 7/20/85, p.
Some autistics function much better than others, points out Justin Coll of UCLA, and further studies should examine differences among autistics.