This is a very interesting thread forme...
My oldest son, who is 9, is high functioning AS, diagnosed PDD-NOS. An Aspie
He is only affected in the social aspect and even then it is difficult to tell because he does make friends on occassion, he does make eye contact etc. ( the schol system tried to label him ODD, hes a runner and a fighter
I have to share my experience because I wonder too...the what if's?
My oldest dd ( who has issues...also, but has not gotten the AS label) is fully vax'ed. SHe was born preterm, oxygen deprived ( it was an overseas birth and they practice medicine veeery different over there where she was born). curently has tourete and has label ADHD ( which i disagree with).
My 2nd ( the Aspie) was OVERLY immunized ( long dumb health dept. story...), however, he has been a HANDFULL since he as in utero
and he didn't have immu's then, kwim? his birth was quick and rough, he was 10 lbs, a rough inductioin...blah, blah blah...he had issues nursing at first, trouble "thriving", and he was jaundiced.
Child #3 is hyper, pure and simple, shows some signs of Aspie type qualities...but has yet to recieve a dx.
Fourth child, same thing. Both of these children had normal births, but were inductions, and neither one has had full immu's...#3 had one year or so and #4 had a few done at 4 months...that was it.
baby #5 was induction, long ugly birth, was born ok, but has never recieved any immu's ever.
Was bf'ed co-alpet, and she so far shows no signs of anything...
baby #6 was birthcenter natural birthed, bf'ed, co slept, no immu's...you name it...and he shows no signs thus far
I say the younger two show no signs, because they are already clearly different from the way my aspie was at that age (1-3 yrs) and even the older few who have had *other stuff* happen to them...
I dunno. I agree with the possiblity that it IS genetic and that environmental factors increase its potential, vax included.
However, I will say this, I truly believe my dh is high functioning Aspie...AND I have alot of the same qualities my child has as well.
Dh's grandfather was known as a *con artist* all his life...I was told he was a super, super nice guy...but he woudl take the last buck you had without thinking baout it. That is exactly how my son is. it is not intentioinal, it is jsut his way of controllling...
So in my mind, it has to practically be somewhat genetic.
However I do think there are things we can do as parents to help our kids not hit the spectrum at times
but not always
I think it would be interesting if someone would post a thread specificalll asking questions about each persons experience, how they have raised their child that is on the AS, and see what factors match up. THAT would be something to see IMHO.
(ex: what kind of birth did you have? was it traumatic? do you vax? if so delayed, not at all, or selective? is there autism anywhere else in your family that you know of, or *odd* type relatives that you can recall?)
Also, anyone heard about the later in pg U/S theory???