What is Developmental Dyspraxia?
Developmental dyspraxia is a disorder characterized by an impairment in the ability to plan and carry out sensory and motor tasks. Generally, individuals with the disorder appear "out of sync" with their environment. Symptoms vary and may include poor balance and coordination, clumsiness, vision problems, perception difficulties, emotional and behavioral problems, difficulty with reading, writing, and speaking, poor social skills, poor posture, and poor short-term memory. Although individuals with the disorder may be of average or above average intelligence, they may behave immaturely.
What is Autism?
Autism (sometimes called "classical autism") is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Autism is characterized by three distinctive behaviors. Autistic children have difficulties with social interaction, display problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and exhibit repetitive behaviors or narrow, obsessive interests. These behaviors can range in impact from mild to disabling. Autism varies widely in its severity and symptoms and may go unrecognized, especially in mildly affected children or when more debilitating handicaps mask it. Scientists aren't certain what causes autism, but it's likely that both genetics and environment play a role.
This got me thinking. Since children with traumatic brain injuries can recover (sometimes dramatically) has anyone ever thought to treat autistic children as if they were suffering from a traumatic brain injury? I have no idea what kind of treatment children with traumatic brain injuries receive (I still have research to do) but there doesn't seem to be the same level of contentiousness surrounding traumatic brain injuries as there is surrounding autism.
My research thus far also leads me to wonder about the insistence by some that childhood vaccinations and/or thimerosol are the cause of autism. Has anyone properly mapped the areas of the brain that are involved in the various expressions of autism (and other developmental disorders). Has anyone properly identified how the autistic/developmentally delayed brain is different from the typical brain. And has anyone put forth a testable hypothesis as to how vaccinations and/or thimerosol act on the human brain to produce the changes that result in autism and other developmental disorders.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders)
Autism Fact Sheet
Dyspraxia in children
So What is Going on in the Brain?
Childhood Apraxia of Speech