I have a Theory.
For me I believe when we are born the brain runs a programme in each of us that makes us learn to walk, communicate, and socialise etc. What if something we consume blocks that process? Remove what is causing the block too late and the brain has formed too far the wrong way. Remove it early enough and the brain will revert back to the original programme and develop the correct way.
There is no consistent study that shows all autism is caused by something in our DNA.
Parents with no family history of autism have children with autism.
Children with autism often have bad guts. Why is it not more logical that something we consume causes the bad gut and therefore impacts on that programme of development rather than the less logical explanation that something in the brain is causing something to occur in the gut.
Just wanted to introduce the idea and see what people think.
There was a research paper published recently (read about it in the New Scientist, can't remember how long ago) which suggested that Autism could be an evolutionary development, that in an ever-more-over-crowded world certain aspects of high empathy quotient may in fact be a disadvantage.
I don't know if I can buy into it on the basis of one paper, but I like the idea of NT's simply being tomorrow's Neanderthals :) and that one day we will rule the world.
Theories are good only for theorists. You cannot come to a conclusion without all relevant data, which only theorists have access to. So unless you want to be a theorist, then it is not worth any effort considering the theory. It’s wasted energy. Energy that could be used, for example, to enjoy whatever is in front of us. Whatever we’re doing now. Life is constantly evolving. Enjoy it. It will never be the same again. It never is. Every new moment is a new moment in time. You can never step in the same river twice. Everything happens now. There is no one day, no future, no past. Only now. We each have the capacity to rule our world, now. It’s only a choice.
I'm with you BlueRay and agree with everything you have written in this thread. I am a diagnosed ASD Mum to two young ASD children...one boy, one girl - my own Mum and my brother, although undiagnosed are clearly ASD well.... The world has moved on and is now so fast paced and stressful that autistic people of any generation are now finding it harder and harder to force themselves to fit into this crazy neuro-typical world......but right now we have to. It's just that in this 'new world' neuro-diversity is being highlighted - these people have always been there though - it's just that their world was easier to live in years ago so they've stayed under the radar so to speak. My hope is that at some point in the future the neuro-diverse will start changing the world so that it works more in our favour - we are strong, brave and resilient because we have to be to get by, we're much nicer people for it and I have no doubt that if neuro-typicals were in the minority, that the world would be a far better place for everyone to live.
Hehe, yes, I like that too :) Not sure I can much identify with it though, somehow I feel a bit like a robot compared to people, I'm slightly lacking the things that so far only people can do...
So stop comparing yourself to nt’s. It’s like a rabbit comparing itself to a lion, it will always feel inferior if it does that. You’re not lacking in anything, who wants to fit into the crazy nt lifestyle anyway. Not me. Embrace yourself.