The bbc reported on a Danish study indicating that infants liable to being diagnosed as autistic avoided looking people in a video screen in the eye. It's a persistent cultural problem in my nation to individualize what strike me as social, cultural problems.
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From: Pepinsky, Harold E.
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:50 PM
Subject: causes of autism
I regret that we individualize social problems. If a child who might turn out to be autistic has trouble looking others in the eye, how about the people who are studying or treating the child, parents, other caregivers? It's too convenient to blame mothers for all kinds of personal "disorders," from autism to homosexuality to hysteria. We child caregivers have trouble looking each other let alone children in the eyes. I consider our children to be like canaries in the mine. When we diagnose our children as autistic, I think we see our adult selves, our cultural selves, reflected in inability to look each other in the eyes.
Hal Pepinsky, email@example.com, pepinsky.blogspot.com, 519 Evergreen Circle, Worthington, OH 43085-3667, 1-614-885-6341