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    Default Do you think Autism needs to be cured?

    There is a group (prob many) who are looking for a cure for Autism. Do you think this is good or bad? I am on the fence, sometimes I think my son is great he is who he is why change him he doesnt need a cure hes not a disease.

    Then I think what if he could not have the issues he has, what if he could have friends, maintain eye contact a shot a life without all these issues that arise.

    I am torn on the subject what do you guy think? There are some people that are very upset about the "cure" topic and some that love it.

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    I think they are two seperate things. I wish my son didn't have to struggle (dont we all) , yet ,I also feel so very lucky to have a child with Aspergers. He is just the most amazing boy, and I wouldn't want to change him. If I "cured" him, then he would be completely different to the person his is today.

    I think you can appreciate the child you have, whist being an advocate for Autism Speaks etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy2be3 View Post
    I think they are two seperate things. I wish my son didn't have to struggle (dont we all) , yet ,I also feel so very lucky to have a child with Aspergers. He is just the most amazing boy, and I wouldn't want to change him. If I "cured" him, then he would be completely different to the person his is today.

    I think you can appreciate the child you have, whist being an advocate for Autism Speaks etc
    thats what I was thinking, but saying that if they came up with a cure tomorrow would you do it? I just dont know if I would or wouldnt I would hate to make the wrong decision and have him resent me for not "curing" him but I also wouldnt want to do it and have him think there was something I didnt like about him.

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    Default Re: Do you think Autism needs to be cured?

    Well, no, I wouldnt.

    My son's issues are not so severe that I would risk his whole being and personality. If I had a severely affected child I may feel differently.

    I don't really like hypothetical though so I tend not to think bout it.

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    Default Do you think Autism needs to be cured?

    I don't want to talk as though I know what it is like to have a child with autism, because I don't. But I've never heard that there could be a 'cure'. How do you 'fix' a neurologically based attribute like autism? Autism is a result of a dysfunctional amygdala. It's the centre of fear, fear learning, and emotion. Schizophrenia and anxiety disorder also stem from amygdala impairment. These conditions are controlled pharmacologically. Does that mean that they think they can develop a drug to overcome autism? It's an interesting theory... No idea about the implications though. If I had a child on the spectrum, like some of the ones I work with, I would want life to be easier for them, not that I would want to change who they are. What does everyone else think?

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    Default Do you think Autism needs to be cured?

    From what I understand the full Autism spectrum is wide and varied therefore I'm uncomfortable with the idea of treating the condition (for want of a better word) as something that need be 'cured'. It kind of smacks of Eugenics to me and there are the issues of over & mis diagnosis to contend with.
    That being said I would prefer money and research to go towards families dealing with Autism on a day to say basis. From what I understand many families struggle and lack support and I personally believe resources might be better used in this fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathermy View Post
    From what I understand the full Autism spectrum is wide and varied therefore I'm uncomfortable with the idea of treating the condition (for want of a better word) as something that need be 'cured'. It kind of smacks of Eugenics to me and there are the issues of over & mis diagnosis to contend with.
    That being said I would prefer money and research to go towards families dealing with Autism on a day to say basis. From what I understand many families struggle and lack support and I personally believe resources might be better used in this fashion.
    This is a good point. So many places lack the real support families need. I have not dealt with the specialists here yet and dont know what they offer but in the US there are some states that are awesome and others that brush these kids under the rug. Maybe another good topic for us

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovemyfam View Post
    There is a group (prob many) who are looking for a cure for Autism. Do you think this is good or bad? I am on the fence, sometimes I think my son is great he is who he is why change him he doesnt need a cure hes not a disease.

    Then I think what if he could not have the issues he has, what if he could have friends, maintain eye contact a shot a life without all these issues that arise.

    I am torn on the subject what do you guy think? There are some people that are very upset about the "cure" topic and some that love it.


    I'm not really sure how to give a coherent answer to that. I know that every time I read a book that claims to have cured their child's autism I get angry and am unable to get past the intro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyawayfree View Post
    I'm not really sure how to give a coherent answer to that. I know that every time I read a book that claims to have cured their child's autism I get angry and am unable to get past the intro.
    I know what you mean, but I always just assume their child had autism like behaviours and that they cured whatever it was that was causing those symptoms. I believe autistic symptoms are many and varied and caused by a lot if different things. Hence why it is different for everyone and what works for one, may not work for the other.

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    Yes.

    Spend a day with my friend who has an autistic son who is non-verbal, in nappies, is violent and a 24/7 job for her... then tell me there doesn't need to be a cure.


 

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