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?
Firstly how does anyone know the scan was wrong.
We are all individuals so it might be that some people who have that difference do not behave in an Autistic way as I explained in Asperger United.
Do not Sterotype Autistic people.
Secondly if the whole world was Autistic we would be quarelling as we would not get on like the Tower of Bable. Everyone spoke a different language so the tower was not built. Autistic people do not always get on as we have our different obsessions.
Thirdly we must not forget about co-existing conditions Autistic people have such as Dyspraxia Dyslexia and Mental Illness Epilepsy.
Many people spend their last few years of their lives in pain and I do not think I could cope.
That might be because of my Asperger Syndrome.