Another gem from Visual Vox, aka “Aspie Under Your Radar”! In this post, she brilliantly illustrates the difference between the so-so hum-drum pathology-based language when referring to autism, and a theoretical rewrite that utilizes more progressive, positive (and actually, more accurate) terminology. This sort of shift IS possible and realistic, and it WOULD benefit EVERYONE.
Now if only the medical/scientific community (at large) could put their egos on a shelf and get to objective, non-biased science and just describe What Is. This post is an awesome planted seed! Definitely a recommended read, especially if you’re in the mood for something constructive 🙂 ❤
So, I came across an article from the Huff Post, earlier today, talking about how autistic folks’ brains are actually more symmetrical than neurotypical brains. That’s interesting. I followed the link to the original research paper, and this is what it said:
Reduced Hemispheric Asymmetry of White Matter Microstructure in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Many past studies have suggested atypical functional and anatomical hemispheric asymmetries in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, almost all of these have examined only language-related asymmetries. Here, we conduct a comprehensive investigation of microstructural asymmetries across a large number of fiber tracts in ASD.
We used diffusion tensor imaging for a comprehensive investigation of anatomical white matter asymmetries across the entire white matter skeleton, using tract-based spatial statistics in 41 children and adolescents with ASD and a matched group of 44 typically developing (TD) participants.
We found significant asymmetries in the TD…
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