Autism article never more topical
I READ your article ‘Next step is a film for autism awareness campaigner Anna’, which reported that Uxbridge mother Anna Kennedy OBE has created a video about women living with autism.
This condition has increased significantly in recent years.
A report in The Lancet medical journal stated that millions of children worldwide may have suffered as a result of industrial pollution.
US and Danish scientists describe a ‘silent pandemic’ of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.
Two hundred and two industrial chemicals, including pesticides, methylmercury, solvents and arsenic are identified as causing brain damage.
The research was by Dr Philippe Grandjean of Environmental Medicine at Southern Denmark University and Dr Philip Landrigan of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. The review says that fewer than half the chemicals used in industry have undergone enough safety tests.
However, when autism is present, one-to-one tuition with an instructor qualified in ABA (applied behaviour analysis) can really help some children on the
autistic spectrum, especially if begun at a young age.
The child is taught the things that other children pick up naturally, such as socialising and playing games.
It’s achieved by fun and laughter
and rewards with praise and little treats. It’s like having a friend come to play.
It is expensive and parents also have to buy teaching aids. I hope Anna’s video will be a success.