This book does what it says on the cover, it provides its reader with a journey through forty years of the professional life of the author using a witty and readable style.
Since qualifying in the early 1960s, the author has channeled his curiosity into the causes of ASD by conducting some of the seminal research studies into the medical aspects of ASD. The author helped to revise and update the medical and psychiatric diagnostic manuals in the 1990s (ICD–10) when Asperger's Syndrome was added as a formal diagnostic category for those with mild autism.
The book addresses the usual areas such as the what/why/how of autism in differing levels of severity and at different stages of life. Scientific facts are presented alongside the author's own beliefs.''
— Anna Rhodes
While conducting research on families with more than one autistic child in the late 80's we noticed that several of their parents appeared to have mild autism. This was before Asperger's Syndrome was a separate diagnosis. It was a groundbreaking discovery that people with autism can grow up, marry and have children. Today we know many people with high ffunctioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome who are married, have children and professions. This was the first scientific paper to describe an autistic spectrum with mild cases-the parents.
Many of our parents came in pulling their hair because they were sleep deprived. Was anything wrong with their melatonin? Perhaps not, but their autistic child was up all night closing and opening drawers, pacing and stimming. Our parents were desperate; The irregular sleep pattern was commonly seen in a majority of the young children. That fact coupled with some other scientific data we discovered about eye reflex abnormality led us to investigate melatonin in autistic children and their families. We conducted a small study that showed an infantile pattern of melatonin in these children. Melatonin is a hormone which regulates sleep/wake cycle. Normally it peaks at 2 am and is virtually gone by morning. In infants and autistic children we noticed that it stayed high during the morning.
Other studies show decreased melatonin secretions during night and day. Dr. Ariella Ritvo is currently a co–investigator in two melatonin studies at Yale. One examines melatonin in infant siblings and the other in toddlers with a diagnosis of autism.
This is a discussion about the increasing incidence in autism in the past decade.
A commentary on an excellent article discussing the relationship between mental retardation and autism. Historically, it was believed that most people with autism are mentally retarded. We now know that this is not the case.