||[Mar. 10th, 2006|10:47 am]
|||||i want to learn!||]|
|||||Sparta - "Vacant Skies"||]|
Today I'm at work and I have NOTHING to work on. Thus I decided to make myself useful and start reading about Autism, to expand my knowledge on the disorder that my brother, Ian, is diagnosed with.
First in order for me to begin, I must explain about my brother. Ian is 23 years old (going to be 24 in May) and is considered by the eyes of the medical field as a severe case. He was diagonsed sometime when he was about three and even had some tendencies that would indicate he would have it. You see Autism is a disorder that occurs in the development of the brain in childhood years. Symptoms include insomnia, incapablility of verbal communication, unable to adopt any form of independent lifestyles, and etc. Eventually in his teen years, he would develop epilipsy which is common in some cases of Autism. But as I was reading about it on the websites, I found somethings that I find to be debatable.
First off, I DO talk to my brother. What my family and I do is administer facilitated communication in which we use a keyboard (or something similar) as Ian's left hand is supported by someone talks to him. He has been using this method since 1991 and was one of the first cases to start using this technique. According to the website, it's not an approved method and apparently does more damage than good. I don't quite agree with that considering some of the things my brother has said to me.
(Scenario: I went to my brother's school and had lunch with him after a blood drive during the Fall of 2005. This is how I remember it)
Me: So Ian did you have a good time?
Me: Why not?
Ian: Because of all the fucking retards.
(Scenario #2: During the Summer of 1994, my family and I went to Houston, Texas for a bit and had a jolly ol' time. Something happened to where someone called Ian "stupid" and hours later, Ian revealed this information to my mother, in which she had no idea that it took place except for my brother, my father, and I.)
Another thing, I think that the studies in Autism are unclear. As I kept reading, people with Autism are incapable of human emotion or any form of expression and lacks eye contact. If those idiots with white coats are trying to tell me my brother can't love, they got another thing coming. I don't think it's been studied enough.
To sum it all up, the medical field makes Autism seem like another name for a "living vegetable". That REALLY irks me.
Now, after reading everything in the span of three hours about Autism, I think I'm going to start studying it and figuring out.
That's right, I wanna change my major. Fuck acting or whatever for now. I want to know how I can help my brother more than I am right now.
Things I've read about as far as treatments go...
To be continued (adding more later)
Things that I think work for my brother...
Facilitated communication (he types with his left finger at over 50 WPM), medications (i.e. seizures, depression, etc.), music (anything instrumental or audio oriented), and above all, love.
Things I want to work on and delve into:
Expanding awareness for facilitated communication (not approved in MI), research whether or not Vitamin B-6 is beneficial in the treatment for Autism, read more on secretin (which is used for the digestive system, in some cases it showed results), but above all, just Autism in adults rather than children, spinal treatment (this is still a little sketchy, but consult a cairopracter), etc.
I don't know, I'm just full of piss and vinegar & I'm tired of watching from the sidelines.
Okay, I gotta close, peace.