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Clinical Review

Diagnosis of autism

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7413.488 (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:488

Re: Interpreting the signs of the Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Dr. Silvio has a deep understanding of autism. I often tried to tell
my son's teachers that language is a second language to him. He has always
seeked input visually and through music, which do not ask for
integration.The visuo-spatial aspect is true, also. At four years old, my
son tested as a ten year old..., but was borderline MR in most other
aspects.His IQ now at age 10 is about 120.

I would not hestitate to say that autism is a way of being as opposed
to a disability. To those able to adapt to this world, ie, those having
fewer autistic traits, often... can enjoy "success" in a neurotypical way,
often exceeding their peers.

I also have a nephew who never had a label. He is in the ninth grade
with "A+" grades typically. He used to obsess on vaccuum cleaners, line up
his toys, and has always appeared to be morbidly shy. I think he will be
an engineer..........

Rose Walker
Columbia, SC

Competing interests:
Parent of ASD child

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 January 2004
Rose B. Walker
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