Sounds like the writer has zero experience with Autistic children or their parents. A board certified behavior analyst cannot watch a autistic child for a few minutes or even hours and determine the cause of any outburst....I know for a fact the parent would already have this figured out. The whole problem is no one, let me say that again, NO ONE wants to listen to the parents who deal with autism outbursts everyday. If the experts agree these behaviors are learned, then the experts have a bigger problem then the austic children do.
A far better way to describe these behaviors ....... Autism disorder, does not allow the child to perform in the usual, expected behavior that most parents spend years trying to teach. Their brains perform differently, and their learning curb has a vast flexibility depending upon the task at hand.
I refuse to believe any child willingly learns bad behavior or ways to hurt themselves. And I am certain they have not made time to lean how to hurt those around them either.
Our entire system has ignored our autisic children for the last 20 years. And, yes I have an autistic granddaughter who is 21.
If you are going to write an article about Autisum, please do some research with the real experts.....the families living with it everyday.
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