For this essay, I will answer the research question I was researching about these past few days, and that question is “Can people recover from autism?” I became interested in this topic because since I was introduced to autism I always pondered if it was possible to recover from autism. When we read the Temple Grandin’s chapter “From the Margins to the Mainstream” she talks about autism. In fact, Temple Grandin is an author who has autism and has been able to overcome her autism, so she has her own personal experience with autism. I have my own thesis on recovery from autism, and I believe that people can’t recover from this but can overcome it.
A few people in the world with autism were able to overcome autism, so some people can overcome autism but it will still stay with them for their entire life. My first piece of evidence which I cited from this source called Road to “Recovery”: What Does it Mean to Lose An Autistic Diagnosis says “When you say recovery, it conjures up a period of normal development, then they got a disease, and now they’ve recovered (Sarris).” This shows that autistic people must wait a period of time of normal development to recover a little bit from autism. My other piece of evidence that I got from this source was “By all measures this group seemed to be functioning no differently than people who never had autism (Sarris).” This piece of evidence is trying to say that people with autism still have the same kind of functioning as people who don’t have autism.
Even though doctors say people with autism have to be patient to make autism shed away little by little, there’s still no specific or clear cure for autism just yet. My first piece of evidence for this claim which I cited from this source called The Kids Who Beat Autism says “After that B’s language blossomed quickly. By the time he finished kindergarten he was chatty and amiable, though he remained socially awkward hyperactive and unyieldingly obsessed with the animal kingdom- he knew every kind of fish (Padawer).” This proves that recovery from autism can improve over the course of time. As it says in the quote, it says that B’s language has improved over time and has become more chatty with others overtime. My second piece of evidence from this source is “No one has figured out what happens inside the brains of people who had autism but no longer do-whether, for example, their brains were different from those of other autistic children to begin with, or whether their brains were similar but then changed because of treatment (Padawer).” These pieces of evidence show treatment has an impact of the autistic brain and that some autistic people can improve quickly.
Doctors have to teach autistic people how to talk, communicate, and other social skills. My first piece of evidence for this claim that I got from the source called Is It Possible to Recover from Autism? says “For example, at a very young age, individuals in the very positive outcome group hold rapid gains in verbal skills and decreases in restricted and repetitive behaviors, such as flapping their hands and lining up toys (Richler).” This piece of evidence shows that autistic children should be taught at a very young age about social skills so that they are able to shed autism little by little. My second piece of evidence for this claim is “Until there are more definitive answers, Kelly says, parents should do as much as they can for their individual child, within their means (Richler).” This quote is trying to say that until there are more specific cures for autism, parents should teach their children more about communicating skills so that it can at least do some progress on their thinking.
Autistic people can’t fully be cured. It is proven that people with this disorder can see progress on shedding autism, but it’s impossible that they can fully recover from it. Now that I know that autistic people can’t fully recover, I now know that parents with autistic children need to be patient with helping their child heal a little bit from autism. There’s still one more question that I have about autism from this research. How does autism even begins in a person’s brain?
Marina Sarris. Road to “Recovery”: What Does it Mean to Lose An Autistic Diagnosis. Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute, January 27, 2016, https://iancommunity.org/ssc/recovery-losing-autism-diagnosis March 2, 2017.
Ruth Padawer. The Kids Who Beat Autism. The New York Times, August 13, 2014 https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/magazine/the-kids-who-beat-autism.html?_r=0 March 2, 2017.
Jennifer Richler, Is It Possible to Recover From Autism. Scientific American Mind, July 1, 2013. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-it-possible-to-recover-from-autism/ March 6, 2017