Families of autistic children have welcomed a new study by scientists published in The Lancet that they’ve found a ‘striking’ and ‘remarkable’ treatment for autism.
The first ever successful treatment results came from studying toddlers over six years who were enrolled in an intensive programme, reducing overall severity of symptoms by 17%.
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According to statistics by The National Autistic Society more than one in every 100 people living in the UK suffer from autism or a related disorder, a massive 700,000 people.
Autism is a life-long condition with statistics reporting that it affects 1.1% of the population.
Including families of sufferers this means that autism touches the lives of 2.8million people every single day.
Sonia Politis, 57, deputy manager of learning disability supported living group, St-Anne’s Community, feels that ‘everyone is on the autistic spectrum’ but is affected differently.
Sonia explained that she has a current client who took over a week to choose a pair of shoes because he had to fully think it through logically, it was an almost impossible task.
Normally an ordinary task for a person, though she described this as a severe example, she added that sometimes everybody can see things ‘irrationally’ or in an autistic frame of mind, placing everyone on the autistic spectrum.
Zoe Holland, teacher of SEN in East Sussex, has taught children with ASD for 10 years.
Zoe said: ‘To be diagnosed as Autistic you must demonstrate aspects of all 3 of the triad of impairments: behaviour, communication and flexibility.’
‘I think we all show autistic traits in one or two of these areas from time to time. For example when I’m stressed I crave order and routine. I do not however have the challenge of the sensory and processing issues that challenge many of those on the Autistic Spectrum.’
When commenting on the new treatment Zoe explained she felt: ‘It’s about understanding the specific obstacles and barriers that the individual child is facing and working on a 1:1 basis rather than diet or medicinal treatments’.
Clarissa Davies, 33, from London is a stay at home mum. She agrees this genetic risk is within everyone as the mother to two children, the eldest Keira, 10, who both have the disorder, the youngest aged two being unofficially diagnosed.
Clarissa commented that since caring for her children she has come to the conclusion that she: ‘whole heartedly agrees we all have autism, just some are able to control (these symptoms) more than others. I believe I have it myself’.
New genetic signals found by scientists mean that every person is on the spectrum, just on varying degrees of severity, according to scientists from the University of Bristol, Harvard and MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital.
The scientists argue that it is only those with the most severe symptoms that are officially diagnosed, these findings were published in the journal, Nature Genetics.