The Brain and Autism
In regards to the brain and autism, it has been discovered that adults with autism have brains that are “wired” unlike other people. This causes them to think differently.
Autistic children have brains five to ten percent larger than the normal size. This might cause remodeling which, in an autistic child, may not happen correctly.
One percent of those with autism have a stretch of DNA on chromosome 16. This might cause developmental delays.
It has also been discovered that communication between the frontal and posterior areas of the brain, the area concentrating on social aspects, is different in those with autism. This could result in difficulties in processing the intentions and thoughts of others.
These are just four possible scenarios of what may be going on in autism’s relationship to the brain. There are many other studies currently underway related to these possibilities as well as proposed research in this field. The brain is perhaps one of the most studied areas in the field of autism.
Different researches are determining that parts of the brain directly affect aspects of the autistic child’s everyday life. What is interesting to me is the fact that different researchers are conducting various studies with each concentrating on a small area in the brain. In doing this, they are discovering that different areas and different components of the brain are causing issues leading to autism. Considering that different parts contribute to different things, does not it seem sensible to assume the brain is a major contributor to the cause of autism? Or, is this too simple of an explanation?
Researchers have learned that not only reasoning, social behavior and communication contribute to autism, but that autism can be affected by the whole brain. A study by CPEA (Collaborative Program of Excellence) has uncovered the fact that autism does, indeed, affect a large number of skills such as memory, sensory perception, and movement. Their conclusion results in an explanation that various parts of the brain of an autistic person have difficulties working together to accomplish difficult tasks.
Current indications are that autistic people have a shortfall in many functions of the brain. As a result, scientists believe that autism is caused by the brain’s inability to put together more complex data from various parts of the brain.
Until next time, have a good day and take good care of yourself.