QUEMADURAS DE UN AUTISTA

Dos monitores, bajo sospecha por las quemaduras de segundo grado de un niño con autismo

El hospital dio parte al juzgado tras atender al menor, que sufrió una septicemia e ingresó en la UCI

La escuela Taiga de Barcelona. A la derecha, la mano de Marc tras las quemaduras de segundo grado

La escuela Taiga de Barcelona. A la derecha, la mano de Marc tras las quemaduras de segundo grado.

Marc tiene 8 años trastorno del espectro autista (TEA) y una discapacidad diagnosticada del 82 por ciento. No habla, pero sus padres, María del Mar Barco y Carles Aguilar, lo entienden con una sola mirada. Por ejemplo, cuando quiere agua.

Desde el pasado 25 de enero, Marc está ingresado en el Hospital Vall d’Hebron por quemaduras de segundo grado en su mano derecha, y sus progenitores se turnan para no dejarlo ni un minuto solo.

Le han realizado ya varios injertos de piel que le han extraído de ambos costados, por lo que entra y sale de la unidad de cuidados intensivos tras cada intervención. De hecho, sufrió también una septicemia, de la que ya se ha recuperado.

Fue aquella fecha, un jueves a la hora de comer, cuando su tutor y la subdirectora de su escuela, el centro de educación especial Taiga, lo llevaron al citado hospital de Barcelona. El parte médico reza: «Los cuidadores refieren que metió la mano debajo del grifo».

En aquella primera atención, le desinfectaron la mano, la vendaron y tras recetarle un antipirético y reposo, lo enviaron a casa. Pero en el domicilio familiar, el pequeño comenzó a tener náuseas, que desembocaron en vómitos y también somnolencia.

Angustiados, los progenitores decidieron volver al centro médico y, cuando los doctores retiraron el vendaje, comprobaron la gravedad de las lesiones. Tal fue el impacto para los facultativos que decidieron dar parte al juzgado, tal y como ocurre cuando creen que un paciente puede haber sido víctima de una agresión.

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PSICOLOGO NOS CUENTA COMO MANEJAR LAS CRISIS Y RABIETAS EN LAS PERSONAS CON AUTISMO.

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CAUSAS DEL AUTISMO

 las causas del autismo son desconocidas; aunque en muchos casos se sospecha que se debe a cambios o mutaciones en los genes, no todos los genes involucrados en el desarrollo de esta enfermedad han sido identificados. Las investigaciones científicas han relacionado la aparición del autismo en el niño con las siguientes causas:

  • Agentes genéticos como causa del autismo: se ha demostrado que en el trastorno autista existe una importante base genetica. En estudios clínicos desarrollados con mellizos, se ha observado que cuando se detecta el trastorno en uno de los hermanos, existe un alto porcentaje (en torno a un 90%)  de probabilidades de que el otro hermano también lo desarrolle. Si el estudio se ha llevado a cabo en el ámbito familiar, las estadísticas muestran que existe un 5% de probabilidades de aparición en el neonato en el caso de que tenga un hermano con el trastorno, que es una probabilidad bastante superior a la que tendría en el caso de que no existieran antecedentes documentados en su familia. Estos datos indican claramente una carga genética ligada al trastorno autista. Las investigaciones tienen por objeto determinar los genes involucrados en la aparición del trastorno, y ya han establecido la relación directa entre la inhibición del gen de la neuroligina NL1 y el desarrollo de autismo, aunque se sabe que hay más genes implicados. De hecho, se establece que deben estar presentes hasta 15-20 alteraciones geneticas a la vez para que se exprese de manera completa el autismo. Algunas teorías, incluso, tratan de relacionarlo con el síndrome del X frágil.
  • Agentes neurológicos como causa del autismo: se han constatado alteraciones neurológicas, principalmente en las áreas que coordinan el aprendizaje y la conducta, en aquellos pacientes diagnosticados de trastornos del espectro autista. Particularmente, la epilepsia está relacionada con el autismo, pues un tipo concreto, el síndrome de West, desarrolla autismo hasta en una quinta parte de los casos y viceversa. Algunas estructuras peculiares del cerebelo también podrían tener relación con el TEA.
  • Agentes bioquímicos como causa del autismo: se han podido determinar alteraciones en los niveles de ciertos neurotransmisores, principalmente serotonina y tirptófano.
  • Agentes infecciosos y ambientales como causa del autismo: determinadas infecciones (como el herpes genital, fiebre, …) o exposición a ciertas sustancias (como pesticidas agricolas) durante el embarazo pueden provocar malformaciones y alteraciones del desarrollo neuronal del feto que, en el momento del nacimiento, pueden manifestarse con diversas alteraciones como, por ejemplo, trastornos del espectro autista.
  • Otras posibles causas del autismo: se han estipulado otras razones, como las complicaciones obstétricas durante el parto, el abuso de drogas como la cocaina por parte de la mujer embarazada, o el uso de medicamentos antiepilépticos, aunque su base científica no está absolutamente demostrada.
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Common autistic traits 

63 common autistic traits you never realised were signs of autism. Do you ever wonder if you might be autistic? What is autism anyway? It can be hard to define, but if you know enough autistic people there are some obvious patterns. How many of the common 63 autistic traits apply to you? Maybe you’ve had someone say to you, “How can someone so clever be so stupid?” or you feel like you’re either too much or not enough in certain areas. From scripting conversations to advanced or delayed childhood development, in this video, we’ll explore what it means to be autistic and what it can look like in different individuals.

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AUTISM WHAT HAS AND HASN´T CHANGE

What hasn’t changed

Investors and providers alike still see autism therapy as a prime place to invest. However, investment in the space has gotten more realistic.

Mike Moran, co-founder and executive advisor of Calabasas, California-based M&A Healthcare Advisors, sees the downtick in deal volume as a normalization in the space. He also notes that deal volumes remain high compared to historic levels leading into 2019 and 2021, a historic dealmaking year for all of behavioral health.

“Autism services is still one of the most coveted segments that we reside in, in terms of banking and being an intermediary for those folks and a variety of segments,” Moran said. “If you have the right asset, autism services is essentially where you want to be that still remains most attractive in terms of the buyer — financial or strategic.”

The underlying demand for autism services is as high as ever, with providers frequently reporting much more demand than they can serve. That demand is likely to continue as stigma mitigation and detection of autism improve.

Autism diagnoses have increased in the U.S. A monitoring program operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its estimate of the rate of autism in youth to 1 in 36, up from 1 in 44, earlier in April 2023.

“From an investment perspective, all the fundamentals of what you’re looking for are very strong,” John Arnold, a transaction attorney and partner at Holland & Knight, told BHB.

Holland & Knight is a large Miami-based multispeciality law firm.

Arnold pointed to reimbursement trends, market fragmentation and growing demand as core to the investment opportunity. He also said workforce issues are lessening in the behavioral health space and that much of the COVID pandemic’s fallout has come under control.

Many of the truisms of investing in health care also apply to the behavioral health space.

“I think that a lot of the world understands now that healthcare is very recession-proof — whatever happens in the economy, we still always need these services,” Rachel Boynton, managing director and partner at the M&A consulting firm Vertess told BHB. “And there’s huge growth in the ABA space.”

What has changed

Increasing savvy on the part of investors coupled with recent industry struggles have pushed down the range for deal multiples in the autism therapy space.

Between 2020 and 2023, the typical multiple ranges for an autism therapy business was five times to 10 times earnings, down from 5.75 times earnings to 14 times earnings from the middle of 2016 to the middle of 2019.

“The valuation ranges at the top end of the marketplace are still very much higher than what we would expect in any other market segment,” Braff said. “Right now, the top end of the Medicare-certified home health market — which is a huge market that’s been consolidating for many, many, many years — is 8x.

“To get above that is really hard.”

Still, multiple compression may attract dealmaking because companies are more affordable.

Braff expects more opportunistic acquisitions, meaning “being able to buy stuff on the cheap as a buyer.”

Labor markets have cooled somewhat in recent weeks. This provides some relief from the top pressure for autism therapy providers — labor costs. On top of stagnant reimbursement rates, wage inflation drove many frontline clinicians out of autism therapy altogether and into less emotionally intensive work.

“I do think there is a degree of optimism, and that’s supported by several things,” Ben Matz, managing director at the investment bank B. Riley Securities, told BHB. “Candidly, labor markets are cooling. There is the idea that reimbursement models will have to catch up.”

Matz said now may be an ideal time for reimbursement innovation and the advancement of value-based care. He also pointed to the increased use of technology to make the autism therapy space much more efficient.

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AUTISM CAN BE A GROWTH MARKET

if Investors Help It Scale

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The Disability Opportunity Fund, Autism Impact Fund, the Difference Fund, and Divergent Ventures are just a few funds committed to investing in the autism and intellectual- or developmental-disability space. Dreamstime

About the author: Dan Feshbach is the CEO and founder of Multiple, a charitable nonprofit dedicated to catalyzing innovation and supporting technologies for the autism community at scale.

When I was raising my son with autism in the 1990s, I searched far and wide for technologies and medical interventions that could help improve the quality of his life. At the time it was a desert. Expertise and resources were nearly nonexistent. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I decided to partner with academics, technologists, and passionate parents to create a digital learning solution to help my son and the staggering number of other kids like him. But I struggled for years to find the co-investors who understood the challenge and the opportunity. 

Today, this dynamic is beginning to change. Parent advocacy and billions of dollars of research have resulted in a better understanding of autism. Talented entrepreneurs, led by parents and siblings of individuals with autism, have leveraged their passion, expertise, and networks to create an emerging technology ecosystem. Advances in smart devices, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, big data, and videoconferencing have enabled a marketplace to grow around autism technology and other personalized interventions. Autism start-ups are now receiving millions of dollars in funding. Last year, the company I helped build all those years ago was acquired by a major private-equity investor. The global market for autism spectrum disorder treatments is projected to grow from $1.93 billion this year to $3.17 billion by 2029. 

Even so, the market is still in its infancy. It hasn’t yet reached anywhere near its full potential, nor the scale needed to help the millions of families living with autism. Currently one in 100 children around the world is diagnosed with autism. In the U.S., about one in 30 was diagnosed as of 2020—a 50% increase from 2017 and a dramatic rise from the one in 300 when my son was diagnosed. Solving so massive a challenge requires not only more funding but greater investment specifically in companies at their earliest stages. This is frequently where the greatest innovations take place, but where capital is most lacking.  

The good news is investors are, at last, recognizing that autism is a growth market. The bad news is much of that investment is flowing toward services that don’t scale, often overpromise, and frequently underdeliver. In many ways, the complexity of the autism market reflects the disorder itself. It is an immensely complex condition, consisting of countless overlying subtypes and a wide range of obstacles. It’s not autism we are all working to address, but many forms of autism. Even with our growing understanding of the condition, families remain haunted by four questions: What type of autism does my child have? Why can’t my child communicate? How can my child get a job? Who will care for my child after I pass?

New start-ups and companies are, at last, starting to find the answers. Innovations in diagnostics and big data are on the verge of allowing families to discover the condition earlier, with companies such as BioRosa working to develop a blood test and biomarker for autism. Floreo and other platforms are tapping the power of virtual reality to teach important communication and interpersonal skills, while start-ups like Daivergent and Mentra are linking individuals with autism to employers and providing them with support in the workplace. Impruvon Health is offering medication management devices and Advasys is creating tools to help identify sexual abuse. The nonprofit I founded has created a global database that now tracks over 500 technology and life-sciences companies within the autism and intellectual- or developmental-disability space. 

Meanwhile, autism and intellectual-disability impact investors are creating early-stage funds to support these kinds of young companies. The Disability Opportunity Fund, founded 13 years ago, has recently been joined by the Autism Impact Fund, and then by the Difference Fund, Divergent Ventures, K-Ventures, Enable Ventures, Neuvation, Arc Capital Development, and Moai Capital. These initiatives invest in start-ups that have met key private investor criteria and provide them with funding, mentoring, and a greater understanding of the market. 

For all the innovations that impact venture capital helps bring to market, however, there remains a fundamental disconnect surrounding the expectations and confidence these investors have in the ability of the earliest-stage companies to generate market-rate returns. There is a great need for better connecting philanthropic capital, which doesn’t require the same level of returns, to start-ups that have innovative ideas and products but lack the proof points to secure private investment. We must create better avenues to help high-potential, impactful solutions to move from their pre-revenue early stages and toward becoming viable contenders for venture capital.

Bringing these innovations to scale is no easy task. The autism community is often divided and conflicted. The market struggles with duplication of resources, incomplete data, limited collaboration, and a lack of real innovation. Debates and discussions surrounding treatments like applied behavior analysis therapy and concepts like neurodiversity are often polarizing. At the same time, our community can be insular, which stymies and discourages innovation. As a result, there are not enough entrepreneurs entering the space, nor adequate capital, road maps, and networks for the ones that do.

To thrive, we need to come together and change the narrative. It’s time for us to recognize the urgent challenges and immense opportunity in this emerging sector, making and encouraging investments that are commensurate to the challenges faced by millions of families living with autism.

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Autism treatments

Behavioral Therapies

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – ABA refers to understanding a person’s behavior in the context of their surroundings rather than in a controlled laboratory setting. The aim of this method is to improve specific behaviors and develop skills, and it is based on traditional behavior strategies such as rewarding appropriate behaviors and ignoring or discouraging inappropriate behaviors. ABA is among the most widely studied and frequently used therapies for those on the autism spectrum. There are several forms of ABA therapy including:

  • Pivotal-Response Treatment (PRT)
  • Early Start Denver Model
  • Functional Communication
  • Floortime
  • Verbal Learning

Outpatient Therapies

Speech Therapy – Speech therapy is often recommended when a child has difficulties learning vocabulary, pronouncing words, using an appropriate tone of voice, understanding and using body language, and asking and responding to questions. Speech therapy may include alternative augmentative communication (AAC) strategies like Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), speech output devices, and sign language.

Sensory Therapy (ST) – Your child may be over-reactive, under-reactive, or even crave certain sensory sensations. These sensations may include loud sounds, bright lights, certain tastes, light touch, and/or strong smells. Numerous sensory interventions have been developed to treat various sensory-challenges including sensory integration as well as various visual and auditory interventions.

Occupational Therapy (OT) – This therapy helps improve numerous skills and behaviors with the goal of independence. OT therapists may work on daily activities, hand-eye coordination, sleep, social interactions, and play.

Physical Therapy (PT) – The aim of PT is to improve overall motor movement. This may include posture, balance, motor coordination, and flexibility.

Evidence-based Sensorimotor Therapies

Music and Art Therapy – These therapies were designed to help individuals deal with anxiety and emotions as well as help express themselves.

Animal Therapy – This form of therapy may reduce fear and anxiety toward animals by interacting with socially-oriented animals in structured therapeutic situations. These animals often include horses, dogs, and dolphins. Those on the autism spectrum have also reported a calm feeling while interacting with these animals.

Who provides autism treatment?

Your care team will work with you to develop an effective treatment plan that may include one or more of the following professionals:

  • Behaviorist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Geneticist
  • Neurologist
  • Nutritionist
  • OT/PT/ST therapists
  • Pediatrician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist

The best treatment for autism is the one that works

First and most important, early intervention can make a big difference. The earlier an individual receives appropriate support, the better his/her prognosis.

Your doctor can help you decide which autism treatments are appropriate for your child. Keep in mind that there is no single treatment for everyone with autism. Instead, there are a variety of therapies that may be helpful addressing symptoms depending on the individual’s needs. What works for one person may be less effective – or ineffective – for somebody else.

As your child grows and develops, some treatments might become less effective, while others become more important. You should discuss these changes with your doctor to assure the treatment plan stays current.

Gathering reports from the treatment team and completing the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) prior to meeting with your doctor will help identify issues to address and referrals that may be needed. The ATEC is a helpful tool designed to measure changes of symptoms and behaviors over time. Note: Casual observations of your child’s development are typically not an accurate way to monitor progress. The ATEC provides a free, convenient tool that can be used to track changes over time. The checklist can also be useful to help determine whether a therapy is beneficial. To track a specific approach, complete the ATEC before (baseline) and after implementing a treatment and track changes over time.

For more than 50 years, the Autism Research Institute has provided support and guidance to parents and professionals worldwide, and we will continue to do so wherever the journey takes all of us.

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A social-competence group intervention

A social-competence group intervention featuring didactic teaching and practice in play contexts for preschool children with autism spectrum disorders

Relatively few intervention programs of social competence have been specifically designed for preschool children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

This randomized controlled trial (RCT) investigated the effectiveness of the social-competence group intervention (SCGI), which features a combination of didactic teaching and practice in play contexts for preschool children with ASD.

Social competence is defined as the ability to interact with others effectively (Rose-Krasnor, 1997). It is multidimensional and consists of three key dimensions: social skill elements, social reciprocity, and social adjustment (Ashton, 2018, Huber et al., 2019, Liu, 2021). The first dimension, social skill elements, encompasses a series of essential skills to accomplish a social task. The second, social reciprocity, is the ability to maintain interpersonal interactions, and social adjustment is the ability to adjust one’s behaviors in different social contexts for sustaining the quality of the social interaction. Each of these three dimensions represents different aspects of social competence. Given its multifaceted nature, it is crucial to understand how social competence manifests in children who have difficulties in it.

Children with ASD usually show difficulties in social competence (Dakopolos & Jahromi, 2019, Matson & Wilkins, 2007). They often have deviant or delayed development of social skill elements in verbal and non-verbal social behaviors, such as eye contact, gestures, and facial and verbal expression (Claudia and Lucia, 2022, Rahman et al., 2020). Their lack of these elements of essential social skills causes them difficulty in interpreting others’ social cues and expressing their thoughts and feelings. Moreover, they may frequently have poor social reciprocity and thus difficulties in maintaining back-and-forth interactions with others (Rahman et al., 2020). As for their social adjustment, even if they are able to maintain reciprocity during social interaction, they may also encounter difficulties in socially adjusting their behaviors to the needs of others, such as sharing, helping, and showing empathy in the social contexts of real-life settings (Chen & Lai, 2021, Dunfield, Best, Kelley, & Kuhlmeier, 2019). Improving social competence in these dimensions is important for helping children with ASD to build healthy social lives.

To date, few social competence-specific intervention programs have been designed for children with ASD at the preschool age (Kaat & Lecavalier, 2014). Notable examples of these programs include TIP (Teaching Interaction Procedure; Leaf et al., 2012), JASPER (Joint Attention Symbolic Play Engagement and Regulation; Goods, Ishijima, Chang, & Kasari, 2013), and P4P (PEERS® for Preschoolers; Antezana et al., 2022). TIP addresses prompting targeted social skills through the components of label/identify skills, provide rationales, reiterate skill steps, demonstrate the skill, and receive verbal feedback. JASPER is aimed to facilitate joint engagement and targets communication skills within play routines. P4P includes group sessions focusing on developmentally appropriate social skills through play activities and parallel caregiver engagement for social coaching. The positive effectiveness of these programs highlights the benefits of social competence-specific interventions at the critical preschool age in children with ASD.

Specific characteristics can be drawn from these effective social competence-specific intervention programs for preschool children with ASD. First, didactic teaching has been used to directly teach social skills to the children (Odom et al., 2021). In didactic teaching, various teaching methods and positive reinforcement strategies are utilized to provide structured and tailored social skills instruction to preschoolers with ASD for fostering children’s development of target social behaviors (Haring & Lovinger, 1989, Kassardjian et al., 2014, Kirby & Toler, 1970, Leaf et al., 2012). Second, play contexts have been adopted to offer a natural and engaging setting for children to practice social skills in situations analogous to real-life social events, such as conflicts that may arise during play (Schreibman et al., 2015). When practicing in play contexts, children not only have higher motivation to spontaneously interact with their social partners but also better transfer what they have learned to everyday social events. Third, caregiver involvement is effective to facilitate the social competence of preschool children with ASD. Caregivers are involved in discussing children’s social competence, setting collaborative goals, assigning homework, etc. This involvement extends the intervention effects beyond intervention sessions to the home environment. Therefore, didactic teaching, naturalistic play contexts and caregiver involvement are suggested while developing intervention programs for preschool children with ASD to enhance their social competence. Furthermore, an increasing number of studies have incorporated caregivers’ parental stress as an outcome measure in interventions programs for children with ASD (Curley et al., 2023; Osborne et al., 2008; Shine & Perry, 2010). Measurement of parental stress can assist therapists in identifying whether it poses a potential barrier in social competence interventions for children with ASD, as higher levels of parental stress have been linked to decreased intervention effectiveness (Curley et al., 2023, Keen et al., 2010, Strauss et al., 2012). Given the above, caregivers’ parental stress should be taken into consideration when caregivers participate in intervention programs targeting children with ASD.

Therefore, we designed a social-competence group intervention (SCGI) to promote social competence in preschool children with ASD. The SCGI applied didactic teaching by including a set sequence of lessons targeting social competences and employed practicing in play contexts to create naturalistic contexts to promote the generalizability of the social competence learned in the didactic teaching. Strategies of positive reinforcement, caregiver involvement, and homework were also applied in the SCGI to encourage preschool children with ASD to utilize the learned social competence. This study investigated the effectiveness of the SCGI using a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design. We hypothesized that the SCGI would effectively promote social competence in preschool children with ASD.

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BAREMO de Evaluación de la Deficiencia Global de la Persona (BDGP).

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CLASES DE DISCAPACIDAD

EL RD 888/2022 HA MODIFICADO LA DISCAPACIDAD SU PROCESO Y BAREMOS

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AUTISMO Y VIOLENCIA

La gran mentira del autismo y la violencia: la mayoría de niños con TEA son víctimas, no agresores

Los profesionales desmienten que el síndrome de Asperger que se atribuye al agresor del IES Elena García Armada le hiciera violento.

La agresión en el IES Elena García Armada de Jerez de la Frontera ha conmocionado a España. Saúl, de 14 años, ha herido a cinco personas, dos compañeros y tres profesores, con cuchillos traídos de casa.

El adolescente, con síndrome de Asperger, no era conocido por ser conflictivo pero sí por pasar los recreos en soledad. Eso le hacía un blanco fácil: el día anterior le habían arrojado agua entre varios chicos para burlarse de él.

Es tristemente común que un niño con Trastorno del Espectro Autista (TEA) sufra acoso, confirman tanto los especialistas como la literatura científica. La respuesta violenta, sin embargo, es la excepción, no la norma.

“No hay ninguna relación directa entre los comportamientos violentos y el TEA”, explica Jesús García Lorente, director general de la Confederación Autismo España.

El trastorno implica “desregulaciones” en el individuo a causa del estrés que les provoca la dificultad de manejarse en el entorno social, pero eso no les predispone a responder con conductas agresivas.

Al contrario: el 60% de los niños con autismo escolarizados pasan solos el recreo como Saúl, una tendencia a la marginación que se prolonga en la edad adulta en una tasa del 90% de paro. Y carecer de mecanismos interpersonales para manejarlo aumenta su victimización.16

“Los índices de acoso escolar son tristemente insoportables”, lamenta García Lorente. “Hablamos de más del 50% de los que tienen discapacidad intelectual asociada”.

El Asperger, el rango de autismo que no limita la capacidad cognitiva, también plantea una “discriminación desapercibida” debido al infradiagnóstico: hay 60.000 personas con TEA reconocidas en el sistema escolar en España, pero “por cifras de prevalencia, extrapolando uno cada 100 nacimientos, tendríamos en torno a 85.000 casos en edad escolar“. Y las “rarezas” o “manías” que convierten al niño en objeto de burla y desprecio serían en realidad problemas funcionales.

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Dos menores agreden aun compañero con autismo

Dos menores agreden a un compañero con autismo, en los baños del instituto de Blimea

Otros alumnos fueron quienes dieron la voz de alarma al conocer lo sucedido ya que la víctima no dijo nada.

Un niño de Sotrondio de doce años y que padece un trastorno del espectro autista se enfrentaba hace unos meses al gran reto de comenzar una nueva etapa educativa.

Pasó de estar ‘protegido’ por sus compañeros de Primaria y contar con la ayuda del auxiliar que le ayudaba a entender el día a día a lidiar con otros compañeros nuevos en el instituto de enseñanza secundaria de Blimea. Día a día se enfrenta a nuevas situaciones que en muchas ocasiones no comprende.

Un cambio significativo que está teniendo que capear sin la ayuda de un auxiliar, como ocurría en su anterior etapa. A pesar de que su familia lo ha solicitado en repetidas ocasiones; y continúa insistiendo en ello.

En este nuevo camino este pequeño se encontró a finales del mes de noviembre con dos compañeros de 15 y 16 años que cuando subía a clase de un recreo le abordaron en los baños del centro educativo. Allí se produjo un ataque que puede ser considerada como una agresión sexual ya que le tocaron sus partes íntimas, al introducirle un chicle que estaban masticando por vía anal.

Las investigaciones del caso, a la espera de juicio, apuntan a un joven de 16 años, como el autor material de la agresión.

El agredido no llegó a entender lo que había ocurrido y lo asumió como una broma al ver cómo esos alumnos, que le conocen de toda una vida, no paraban de reírse.

Por eso, en un primer momento no contó nada sobre lo ocurrido en el baño, probablemente porque no había entendido lo que había ocurrido, ya que su percepción eran las carcajadas. Fueron otros compañeros los que una vez conocido lo que había ocurrido en el baño, contado presuntamente por los dos protagonistas de la agresión, se decidieron a ponerlo en conocimiento de los profesores del centro, muchos de ellos atónitos ante lo que había pasado con un alumno que no se mete con nadie.

Los hechos han sido puestos en conocimiento tanto del propio centro como de la Consejería de Educación y de las autoridades judiciales; según ha podido conocer EL COMERCIO se está a la espera de juicio.

La familia del menor agredido reclama respeto y una total inclusión para su hijo, por lo que cree necesario que los participantes en la agresión sean conscientes de lo que han hecho, máxime cuando son conocedores de los problemas de su compañero para afrontar el día a día en un entorno que por el poco tiempo que llevaba en el mismo, aún le era extraño.

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Niño autista de 5 años victima de abusos

Niño de 5 años con autismo es agredido sexualmente en escuela de California

La madre del menor asegura que al recoger a su hijo en la Escuela Primaria Budlong Avenue, en California, lo encontró con sus pantalones al revés, lo que la alertó sobre lo sucedido. Ella asegura que el niño le contó que otro estudiante le había quitado parte de la ropa y le mordió los genitales.
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Niño con autismo agredido

Un niño con autismo con tan solo 10 años fue agredido en una tienda de abarrotes en San Luis Potosí por una persona que se encontraba en aparente estado de ebriedad.

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OLVIDAN A UN NIÑO EN UN AUTOBUS ESCOLAR

Olvidan a un niño autista en el autobús escola.

l niño se quedó dormido y se despertó cuando el autobús de la ruta escolar estaba en las cocheras donde le abrieron la puerta y le dejaron ir en Leganés: hallado seis horas después deambulando a 10 kilómetros del colegio.

Leo, un niño autista de 11 años, fue olvidado en el autobús de la ruta escolar de Leganés (Madrid) tras quedarse dormido en la parte trasera del vehículo.

Cuando se despertó estaba encerrado en el autobús en las cocheras de Alcorcón. Empezó a tocar el claxon y una persona abrió el vehículo.

El menor salió andando y empezó a deambular. Seis horas después fue encontrado por la Policía de Alcorcón a 10 kilómetros de su centro escolar. Ocurrió el pasado lunes 11 de septiembre. Los padres de Leo han denunciado los hechos en comisaría por delitos de abandono del menornegligencia y un posible delito de lesiones.

La Comunidad de Madrid ha abierto un expediente al Centro de Educación Especial Alfonso X el Sabio de Leganés (Madrid) y a la empresa de transporte Puesta del Sol que realiza la ruta “para depurar responsabilidades” . Así lo indicaron fuentes de la Consejería de Educación, Ciencia y Universidades, que confirmaron que “esta misma mañana” ha enviado a la inspección educativa al centro educativo para recabar información sobre el caso.

Alrededor de las 9.30 horas, como cada mañana, el pequeño se despidió de su madre, se subió al autobús que le lleva a su colegio, el Centro de Educación Especial Alfonso X el Sabio, en la ciudad madrileña de Leganés.

Su viaje debería haber durado cerca de 10 minutos, que es lo que se tarda en coche desde su casa hasta el centro donde estudia. Pero el trayecto del menor duró mucho más. Se quedó dormido sentado en el último asiento del autobús y nadie lo despertó cuando llegó a su destino.

Ni la conductora del vehículo ni la monitora que está al cargo de él -y de los otros cuatro niños que viajan en esa ruta escolar- revisaron que todos los niños bajaran del autobús. El colegio tampoco se extrañó de la ausencia del pequeño.

El autobús, una vez terminada la ruta, terminó aparcado en las cocheras que la empresa de transportes ‘Puesta del Sol’ tiene en Alcorcón. La conductora tampoco verificó en este momento el interior, así que el pequeño siguió durmiendo dentro, sin ser consciente de que estaba atrapado, según adelantó la Cadena Ser.

Según la denuncia de la madre ante la Policía Nacional, el escolar toma “medicación que le provoca somnolencia” y al despertar y ver que estaba solo tocó el claxon del vehículo.

Por esta señal “posiblemente un trabajador de la empresa de transportes, abrió la puerta del autobús”, pero tampoco advirtió la discapacidad del alumno y le dejó irse solo en un entorno complicado para un menor con TEA, junto a una autopista y un centro de residuos.

El menor estuvo andando alrededor de dos kilómetros hasta que entró en un supermercado de Alcorcón. Una vez allí, se acercó a una trabajadora y le pidió ir al baño.

En ese momento eran las 14.22 horas, según las cámaras del establecimiento. Una vez salió del aseo, el niño preguntó a la mujer cómo podía llegar a su colegio. Esto le pareció extraño a la trabajadora, así que decidió contactar con la Policía local de Alcorcón.

Los agentes lograron localizar al menor y avisaron a su padre informando “que había aparecido deambulando y desorientado por la calle“. Esto fue alrededor de las 14:50 horas y el menor debía estar de vuelta en su parada a las 15:10 horas.

Cuando los padres de Leo pidieron explicaciones al colegio, el director contactó con la monitora responsable de la ruta. Esta mujer aseguró que el niño nunca subió al vehículo. “Yo misma lo subí al bus”, exclamó la madre.

Después, la monitora rectificó y reconoció que alrededor del mediodía ella misma llamó a la conductora preguntándole por Leo, porque no recordaba haberle dejado en el colegio.

La madre ha insistido en que tanto la monitora como la conductora conocen los efectos que el medicamento producen en el menor.

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Brian Jacobs

Why this investor left the pursuit of billion-dollar exits to help employers hire people with autism

KEY POINTS

  • Brian Jacobs is leaving Emergence Capital to start his own firm, Moai Capital, where he’ll invest in start-ups focused on the “huge employment gap” for people with autism.
  • He started researching the subject after his son, who’s now 24, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Jacobs co-founded Emergence in 2003, and his firm notched huge gains from early bets on Veeva Systems and Zoom.
Brian Jacobs, founder of Moai Capital, in front of the moai statues on Easter Island.

Brian Jacobs, founder of Moai Capital, in front of the moai statues on Easter Island.

Moai Capital

As a venture capitalist, Brian Jacobs has spent almost three decades betting on software designed to make businesses more productive — from Salesforce to videoconferencing company Zoom. As a parent, he’s found that better technology isn’t always enough.

Jacobs’s 24-year-old son is one of 3.5 million Americans living with autism spectrum disorder. Despite a computer science degree from the prestigious California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and the perpetual demand for technical talent in the Bay Area, he struggled when it came to finding a job.

After interviews and job fairs, he just wasn’t getting called back.

“Interviewing for a job is the worst thing for anyone on the spectrum,” said Jacobs, who asked that we not publish his son’s name for privacy reasons. “His brain works differently. He has to think through things and has to process more information just to get to the same answer, so that affects his speech.”

Like so many successful tech investors, Jacobs sees opportunity in market inefficiencies. This month, he announced his departure from Emergence Capital, the firm he co-founded in 2003, to start Moai Capital with $10 million of personal money. On its website, Moai describes itself as “an autism friendly workplace,” and one of its themes is autism employment, which Jacobs puts in the category of “impact investing.”

Not backing philanthropies

Moai is backing for-profit businesses, not philanthropic ventures.

But Jacobs isn’t expecting the kind of returns from impact investments that he experienced at Emergence, which generated billions of dollars from the IPOs of Zoom earlier this year and health-care software provider Veeva Systems in 2013.

“Traditional profit-driven VCs have not invested in these companies,” Jacobs said. “Impact investing is a new category. I’m learning new things. I’m seeing other like-minded investors making similar moves. I’ve learned a lot by talking to them but it also feel like we’re all venturing off into unproven territory.”

Scientists hone in on the risk factors that can cause autism

About one in 59 children is diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the numbers have been on the rise. Because autism affects communication and often makes ordinary social interactions particularly challenging, traditional businesses have to change how they interview, train and manage if they’re going to hire people on the spectrum.

There are compelling business reasons to make the effort. As Auticon, an IT consultancy backed by Jacobs, says on its website, people with autism tend to have certain cognitive advantages, like strong analytical abilities, “sustained concentration and perseverance when tasks are repetitive,” a sense of loyalty and attention to detail.

“There’s a huge employment gap for folks on the spectrum and that seemed like something I could have an impact on,” said Jacobs, who has spent the past six years on the board of the non-profit Autism Asperger Spectrum Coalition for Education, Networking and Development (AASCEND).

While Jacobs just officially launched Moai, whose name refers to the iconic hand-carved statues on Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean, he started making some side investments over the last couple years in areas of more personal interest. Those have now become his main focus.

The three autism employment companies he’s backed are Auticon, founded in Germany; Daivergent, which develops work readiness and training programs for people on the spectrum; and Ultranauts, an IT services company looking to hire people with autism who thrive in remote working environments.

Rethinking the way companies hire

Moai participated in the $3.5 million financing round that Ultranauts announced in early August. The company has employees in 20 states providing the kind of work for large clients that puts it in competition with Capgemini and IBM. Three-quarters of its 60-plus-person staff are on the spectrum.

Rajesh Anandan and Arthur Shectman, two engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded the company in 2013. Anandan said he was drawn to the concept through conversations with his wife, who’d been a child psychologist and had a number of patients on the spectrum. She talked about a system in place that focuses on the challenges the so-called neurodiverse face rather than one that works to harness their innate skills.

“What if we focused on peoples’ strengths and redesigned the system so people are not penalized for being different?” Anandan said in an interview. “We’ve been able to prove we can build a team that includes colleagues who are on the spectrum who don’t have previous work experience in the field but are extremely capable, and groom that raw talent into skilled engineers.”

Anandan calls it a competitive advantage, not a charitable pursuit. At the same time it does create opportunities for financial independence for people on the spectrum and addresses a problem they face after age 21, when they’re generally no longer eligible to receive special government services.

Byran Dai, a data scientist and the CEO of Daivergent, has a 20-year-old brother on the spectrum. Dai said his younger sibling has some tech savvy, but the vocational programs available to him don’t take advantage of his abilities.

Daivergent CEO Byran Dai (second from left) with members of his team

Daivergent CEO Byran Dai (second from left) with members of his team

Source: Daivergent

“I see my brother, he has an aptitude for computers but he’s stocking shelves at CVS,” said, Dai, who started Daivergent in 2017. “There’s a way to leverage the need and demand in AI and data science to bring folks into that population and start to upskill them.”

Daivergent’s employees provide technical and detail-oriented services to companies developing AI products. The start-up also has a work-readiness system to help the neurodiverse prepare for jobs and match them with companies looking to tap into the community.

One of the software systems Daivergent plugs into is SAP, which happens to be the same company that hired Jacobs’s son as a software developer last year. SAP launched its Autism at Work program in 2013 with a goal of employing 650 people on the spectrum by 2020. Jacobs said he’s been a longtime supporter of Jose Velasco, who runs the initiative, and that MicrosoftSalesforce and J.P. Morgan Chase are among companies that are learning what works as they put their own programs in place.

“They’re mostly learning from each other and figuring out how to adapt their hiring process, onboarding process and coaching process,” Jacobs said. “All these things you have to rethink, especially if you’re doing it at scale at a big company.”

fuente: Brian Jacobs started Moai Capital to invest in autism employment (cnbc.com)

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Autism Therapy

Is the ‘Perfect Place’ to Invest as Multiples, Headwinds Decline

The autism therapy industry segment may see a bounceback in dealmaking in the not-so-distant future.

After reaching a fever pitch in 2019, the number of deals has trended downward, with 2022 seeing several high-profile stumbles of major platform companies, inflation, rising interest rates and workforce challenges.

However, several industry insiders attending the Autism Investor Summit tell Behavioral Health Business that these challenges have lessened to the point that dealmaking in the space could soon pick up again.

All the while, the factors that made autism therapy a desirable investment target remain. Many see it as one of the most attractive places in health care to make investments.

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“You’re going to have down years in every industry,” Chris Tillotson, CEO of Prospera Healthcare, told Behavioral Health Business. “But I would say from a financial standpoint, this is a perfect place to be.”

Prospera Healthcare is an applied behavioral analysis (ABA) provider based in Dallas. It was founded in 2021.

Tillotson, who spent more than 20 years in home health, likened the development of the autism therapy space to that in the home health and hospice space earlier in his career. That included a spike in interest from investors, high valuations, adjustments to payment models and rounds of highs and lows along the way with expectations for continued growth.

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It’s unclear when dealmaking will accelerate. But recent data gives an optimistic indication for the future.

Proprietary deal data tracked by The Braff Group found nine tuck-in deals closed in the first quarter of the year. Dexter Braff, president of the M&A advisory firm, said in a presentation that he was “surprised” by that number but that it remains to be seen if the first quarter was the start “of a trend or if it is an anomaly.”

“I was very encouraged to see the nine transactions … [If] that holds up, then the market is more solid than some of the bad things that have happened would suggest,” Braff said.

The Braff Group tracked 46 deals in 2019. In 2014, that number was 11 and last year, it was 40.

What hasn’t changed

Investors and providers alike still see autism therapy as a prime place to invest. However, investment in the space has gotten more realistic.

Mike Moran, co-founder and executive advisor of Calabasas, California-based M&A Healthcare Advisors, sees the downtick in deal volume as a normalization in the space. He also notes that deal volumes remain high compared to historic levels leading into 2019 and 2021, a historic dealmaking year for all of behavioral health.

“Autism services is still one of the most coveted segments that we reside in, in terms of banking and being an intermediary for those folks and a variety of segments,” Moran said. “If you have the right asset, autism services is essentially where you want to be that still remains most attractive in terms of the buyer — financial or strategic.”

The underlying demand for autism services is as high as ever, with providers frequently reporting much more demand than they can serve. That demand is likely to continue as stigma mitigation and detection of autism improve.

Autism diagnoses have increased in the U.S. A monitoring program operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its estimate of the rate of autism in youth to 1 in 36, up from 1 in 44, earlier in April 2023.

“From an investment perspective, all the fundamentals of what you’re looking for are very strong,” John Arnold, a transaction attorney and partner at Holland & Knight, told BHB.

Holland & Knight is a large Miami-based multispeciality law firm.

Arnold pointed to reimbursement trends, market fragmentation and growing demand as core to the investment opportunity. He also said workforce issues are lessening in the behavioral health space and that much of the COVID pandemic’s fallout has come under control.

Many of the truisms of investing in health care also apply to the behavioral health space.

“I think that a lot of the world understands now that healthcare is very recession-proof — whatever happens in the economy, we still always need these services,” Rachel Boynton, managing director and partner at the M&A consulting firm Vertess told BHB. “And there’s huge growth in the ABA space.”

What has changed

Increasing savvy on the part of investors coupled with recent industry struggles have pushed down the range for deal multiples in the autism therapy space.

Between 2020 and 2023, the typical multiple ranges for an autism therapy business was five times to 10 times earnings, down from 5.75 times earnings to 14 times earnings from the middle of 2016 to the middle of 2019.

“The valuation ranges at the top end of the marketplace are still very much higher than what we would expect in any other market segment,” Braff said. “Right now, the top end of the Medicare-certified home health market — which is a huge market that’s been consolidating for many, many, many years — is 8x.

“To get above that is really hard.”

Still, multiple compression may attract dealmaking because companies are more affordable.

Braff expects more opportunistic acquisitions, meaning “being able to buy stuff on the cheap as a buyer.”

Labor markets have cooled somewhat in recent weeks. This provides some relief from the top pressure for autism therapy providers — labor costs. On top of stagnant reimbursement rates, wage inflation drove many frontline clinicians out of autism therapy altogether and into less emotionally intensive work.

“I do think there is a degree of optimism, and that’s supported by several things,” Ben Matz, managing director at the investment bank B. Riley Securities, told BHB. “Candidly, labor markets are cooling. There is the idea that reimbursement models will have to catch up.”

Matz said now may be an ideal time for reimbursement innovation and the advancement of value-based care. He also pointed to the increased use of technology to make the autism therapy space much more efficient.

When will autism therapy deals bounce back?

Matz estimated that dealmaking will pick up in the second half of 2023, noting the increase in quarterly dealmaking in the first quarter.

Arnold also expects deal activity to start picking back up in the next two to three quarters, adding that it’s not clear if that will be platforms “recapitalizing and trading or a return of M&A activity where platforms pursue growth through acquisitions.”

Rob Marsh, CEO of 360 Behavioral Health, sees a longer-term rationalization in the market before deal activity picks up.

“I think we are going to see this for the next 12 months or so where there’s just not going to be a whole lot of resources going onto ABA,” Marsh said. “Coming in 2024, I think you’ll see a lot more capital coming towards the M&A side.

Chatsworth, California-based 360 Behavioral Health provides autism therapy and support services and operates 17 locations in California.

“There’s lots of fragmentation still in the market; there are way more little mom-and-pop shops that are wanting to sites that are looking for larger organizations to pick them up.”

fuente: https://bhbusiness.com/2023/05/30/

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Monotropism

he Most Accurate Autism Theory You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Monotropism is the idea that, when it comes to autism, one man can indeed be an island.

Monotropism doesn’t see this as a deficit, a disorder or any other kind of disaster though as, unlike certain other autistic theories, the monotropic mind makes isle autism seem like a spectrum themed paradise – where no shirts and no shoes are always encouraged (mainly because we find the fabrics irritating)

‘So what is the theory of Monotropism?’ I hear you ask, and how does it help families and carers find autistic loved ones better support? Well pull up a sun lounger, splash on some sunscreen and if you’re wearing a ‘suns out guns out’ vest, please change because, this sunny summer weekend, we’re going to be discussing exactly that in: Monotropism, the most accurate autism theory you’ve (probably) never heard of.

What Is Monotropism and How Does It Impact on Autism?

When it comes to interests outside our obsessions, we all know that the attention of autistic people can seem restricted. However, as evidenced in recent findings, non-autistic people aren’t that focused either as, regardless of whether you’re the world’s best or worst multi-tasker, the maximum number of things you can concentrate on, at the same time, is 4. 

Whilst most people will subsequently spend their day mentally juggling what to pay attention to, the theory of monotropism proposes that, when the autistic mind reaches maximum capacity, we disassociate, throw up a ‘do not disturb’ sign and become intensely preoccupied with what we have set our minds to.

In practice, this theory might not seem so revolutionary, as explanations of autism have often included mentions of ‘obsessive tendencies’ but, what makes this idea so progressive, is that it addresses the baffling contradictory nature of many other autism quirks, for example: 

Q: Why do autistic people seem dismissive of the feelings of some but over empathise with others?
A: We always can emphasise, it’s just that sometimes we’re a little too distracted to notice that we should.

Q: Why are autistic people quiet as a mouse one moment but loud as an elephant the next? 
A: It depends on whether we’re talking about something we love or something we couldn’t care less about

Q: Why do autistic people seem to have a very high pain tolerance but then suddenly can be knocked down with a feather? 
A: Our minds are capable of blocking out any intrusion (even danger) but, when it’s right in front of us, it’s all we can think about.

Q: Why are autistic people so incredible at knowing the ins and outs of specific subjects but then struggle in other areas, like money management?
A: Once again, we’re probably just not that interested in the other topics (although given that the finance industry is full of autists, it’s best not to make this assumption in the first place).

According to the theory’s founders: Dr Dinah Murray, Wenn Lawson and Mike Lesser, this way of thinking is best illustrated if you imagine that an autistic person has the ‘mind of a hunter’; an unquestionably awesome analogy which states that, when in the moment, distractions are not an option. To some, this also explains why many autistic people experience delays when learning to speak (as what is speaking other than a big interruption) but, admittedly, I find this idea to be a bit of a stretch… 

A woman hiding behind a leaf

How to Support Autistic People With Monotropism?

Nevertheless, if it is indeed true that all autistic actions are brought about by an unbreakable concentration of limited priorities, then this fascinating theory provides solid evidence behind some of the most recommended techniques of how to support autistic people.

What follows is an example of a few of these techniques which, even if the Monotropism theory is disproven tomorrow, should still bring success for members within our community:

1. Take things a step at a time

If autistic people are unlikely to shift from a task once it is set, then it only makes sense that you don’t overload us with more jobs than a high school employment fair. This means that, when it comes to organising our workload, longer tasks are preferred over short ones as, speaking from experience, it’s exhausting when we have to constantly shift from one chore to another.

Similarly, when it comes to large chores, don’t blow our minds by mentioning every detail at once. Instead, avoid using umbrella terms like ‘we’re going to buy clothes and, in their place, use a social story, followed by short reminders of individual tasks as they happen, i.e. we’re now choosing the clothes, we’re now trying the clothes on, we’re now going to spend the next hour looking for a cashier who disappeared the second they were needed.

2. Be direct when speaking to autistic people

Having such a narrow focus can often make a bad situation worse in that, if an autistic person finds something upsetting, it can be particularly difficult to think of anything else as we sink further and further in. Therefore, when trying to comfort or confront us, it’s best not to beat around the bush and instead find a way to get us to openly discuss the challenge to better process it.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t have to be a stationary task as, when I’m stewing, I always find it helpful if someone encourages me to talk it out whilst taking a walk. If this is something you want to try, emphasise to the autist that you will be continuing the discussion, but that you think it will do everyone good to stretch your legs. Sometimes a change in scenery can help influence a change in mind.

3. Let our interests guide the way

Due to much of the language surrounding autistic behaviour, there is an often-held belief that autistic ‘obsessions’ ‘routines’ and rituals’ are static events which slow down our development. This simply isn’t true though as, if you can integrate the interest into an activity, you will find that we are more responsive than ever.

Of course, sometimes you might worry that we have become lost in the things we love. However, monotropism proves this is not the case, wherein our minds aren’t caught in some kind of unmoving traffic jam, it’s more that we’ve taken a one-way road which will require a little patience before we turn around and are ready to go to someplace new.

A one-way road

Why Don’t More People Know About Monotropism?

As I have explained, monotropism is much more than the emperor’s new clothes of autism theories; it’s a complete idea with substance that carries a positive message about autism and how autistic people can be supported. Yet, what I can’t quite explain is how this competent idea, which carries so much potential, ended up so unknown within the very community it defines.

According to some, it seems to be that when the theory was originated, its authors were relatively unknown within the field and so may have been overlooked. However, others believe that after years of testing and trialling alternative autism theories, many academics find it challenging to write off their live’s work to pursue this new idea of a one-track mind (I know, the irony is not lost on me either).

This isn’t game over for the humble theory of monotropism though as, in the last couple of years, studies are finally putting the idea to the test. For now, that means we are at a loss as to just how accurate the explanation is but, given what you’ve read and your own experiences, I’m willing to bet that the future is very bright for the possibility of a monotropic mind.

Neon sign that says 'Think About Things Differently'

fuente: Monotropism: The Most Accurate Autism Theory You’ve Probably Never Heard Of – Autistic & Unapologetic (autisticandunapologetic.com)

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EL AUTISMO: CLAVES

El Autismo es un trastorno del desarrollo debido a una alteración de la maduración cerebral que provoca problemas para el desarrollo correcto de las vias de comunicación entre las diferentes áreas del cerebro y de esta forma, problemas para integrar la información recibida del exterior y gestionarla adecuadamente.

Cuanto más pequeños, más se confunde con otros problemas que no son autismo.

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Causas del autismo: – Genéticas. explicar y justificar la relación con otros TND – Estudios Genéticos.

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– Trastorno Comunicativo

– Trastorno de Relaciones sociales

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