By Stephen Shore
THE AUTISM BOMB
Most of us are inducted into the Autism Community by what I call the “Autism Bomb.” Autism often strikes a typically developing child at approximately 18 to 24 months with a sudden, dramatic loss of speech and contact with the environment. Self-stimulatory behaviors (“stims”) such as hand flapping and repeatedly spinning objects can occur. All of this happened to me when I was hit with the autism bomb at 18 months.
My placement on the autism spectrum
Autism is a “spectrum disorder”-the breadth of the condition ranges from severe to light. At the severe end, autism is what most of society considers people with autism to be like: nonverbal, rocking, perhaps in the corner, maybe being self-abusive. Towards the middle is moderate autism, PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental delay-not otherwise specified). Here, there is more environmental awareness, more receptive language and maybe some limited expressive language. At the lighter end of the spectrum, we see high-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger syndrome.
Full article: Autism Research Institute