Autism: False Words And False Hope Essay

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Autism: False Words and False Hope

     Autism is a childhood disease where the child is in a private world of their own. A description of an autistic child by her mother is:

We start with an image---a tiny, golden child on hands and knees, circling round and round a spot on the floor in mysterious self- absorbed delight. She does not look up, though she is smiling and laughing; she does not call our attention to the mysterious object 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 2)

This is the most important trait in an autistic
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Although facilitation therapy is one of the most popular used methods in communicating with autistic children, it is being downgraded because of the controversies where the children are being manipulated by the facilitators.
     A child with autism can be detected by the age of three. "If treament is started right away, the child may gain their normal functioning. This is a critical factor in reversing the disorder" (McEachin 105). Other elements in autistic therapy that are important factors in helping with the child are
"observations, establishing relationships, and changing behaviors" (Simons 27).
Once autistic children have made a relationship, they are brought closer to the outside world. That is why facilitation therapy is so popular. This kind of therapy helps the outside world to communicate with the lost child. The autistic child is supported by a facilitator who holds the arm, the wrist, or the hand. This support helps the child to control his/her movements in order for the child to point to words, pictures, etc. In this way autistic children can express feelings or thoughts that no one thought they had.
      So why is there controversy over facilitation therapy ? The autistic child is being observed, a relationship is formed between the child and the facilitator, and the gap is being closed. The problem with

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