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False Words and False HopesAutism is a childhood disease where the child is in a private world of their own A description of an autistic child by her mother isWe start with an image---a tiny golden child on hands and kneescircling round and round a spot on the floor in mysterious self- absorbed delight She does not look up though she is smilingand laughing she does not call our attention to the mysteriousobject of her pleasure She does not see us at all She and the spot are all there is and though she is eighteen months old an age for touching tasting pointing pushing exploring she is doing none of these Groden 2This is the most important trait in an autistic child They dont interact orsocialize with other people Other characteristics in autistic children arelanguage retardation and ritualistic or compulsive behaviors It used to bethought that children became autistic because of poor parenting and that theonly solution was that the parents should be removed from the child Baron-Cohen 26 Now it is known that autism is caused by biological factors due toneurological symptoms mental handicap genetic causes infections and evendifficulties in pregnancy Even though autism is thought of as a disease or disorder autisticHajducko 2 children can demonstrate special skills These skills are referred to as isolatedislets of intelligence Baron-Cohen 53 Some examples of these are found inan autistic childs ability to draw play music or recall a certain date Nadia anautistic child has the ability to draw in an almost photographic way Baron-Cohen 54 Autistic children can also play instruments accurately sing songsrecognize structures of music etc A problem that arises when autistic childrenare going through therapy is that they start to lose their remarkable skills For parents to find out that their child is autistic can be veryshocking They go from having a bouncy livey baby to a having a total strangeras their child Many
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