This is my first post in this discussion.
It might soon be possible to discover if someone is Autistic by a brain scan.
There is information about the new brain scan on the web site and the articles were written last year in 2010. Anyone can look it up for themselves on the web.
The computer can tell small differences in the brain so tell if the person is on the Autistic Spectrum.
It would be much quicker than interviewing the person.
I do not know if a person would count as Autistic if they behaved as though they were but the brain scan did not show Autism.
People in that situation might be denied help if they did not count as Autistic.
In the 1980s I was told that the brain scans did not detect anything wrong with my brians. People who knew me were not impressed.
I have since done brain scans for research the idea being to find out by scanning many Autistic people if their brains are different from Non Autistic people.
That research might have helped them develop the new brain scan.
Do you think the new brain scan will be a good thing when it is developed?
What would you feel if the brain scan found that your were not Autistic?
Yes I expect the first brain scans with the new computer might not be perfectly accurate.
On the other hand it is possible to have some of the traits of Austism without being Autistic by having a difficult personality.
I wrote that in the last Asperger United: Do not Sterotype Autistic people.
May be the brain scan will find out who is really Autistic.
If a person is not really Autistic in some cases it might be easier to change the person who is not Autistic by training and in the case of a child by up bringing.