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?
I have just looked and it says that brain scan results usually give the same results of traditional diagnoses but not always.
As traditional diagnoses is subjective might it be that the results of traditional diagnoses could be wrong and the results of the brain scan always right.
Everyone behaves as though they are Autistic some times and it is possible for an Autistic person to overcome their disability in a few cases.
If a brain scan detects differences in the brain structure the computer is objective so is probably correct and is also correct if it does not.
It is true that people who come into daily contact with us are not interested in brain scan results but in how we behave.
The point I am making is that the brain scan might never be wrong in deciding who is Autistic.