Among all the information about autism that is available today it can be difficult to work out what is fact and what is fiction.
For more accurate, evidence-based information on autism (in English), we can recommend visiting the website of our member, the National Autistic Society.
Below, Autism-Europe addresses some of the questions that people have asked us:
1. What is your opinion on autism beign defined as an illness? (parent)
2. How much truth is there on the subject of food intolerance in people with autism, and how important is it? (Parent, Italy)
3. I would like to know the difference between dysphasia and autism. (Parent, Italy)
4. My adolescent daughter has experienced language regression during puberty. In the past, she manifested echolalia with some meaningful words, which then completely disappeared. (parent, Italy)
5. Since pragmatic language is localised at a cerebral level, is there a region of the brain responsible for analogue language (reduced in the autistic population)? (Therapist, Switzerland)
6. My son is extremely sound sensitive. he hears sounds pitched so low that no one else can hear them. He is unable to filter out sounds and at times it all becomes too much for him. His ears go bright red when he is bombarded with too much noise. Is there a way to deal with this?
7. I have twin boys who at birth were thought to be heterozygotic, but genetic tests have revealed that they are monozygotic twins and are both autistic. My question is: which genetic test can currently be carried out to confirm that this pathology is of genetic origin?
8. What is the genetic risk of developing autism in the children of siblings of people with autism?
9. Do the siblings of people with Asperger Syndrome present a similar or greater risk of developing autism in respect to those with classic autism? (Parent, italy)
10. What are the best treatment and therapy options for a 30-year-old autistic person? (Parent, Spain).
11. What is being done for adults with autism? (Parent)
12. I am the mother of a 3-year-old girl with autism. Can an autistic child be cured, and which is the best treatment?
13. Is rehabilitation speech therapy indispensable for children with autism? Should it be provided by the Public Health Services? (Parent, Italy)
14. How do you ascertain the age at which a child no longer benefits from speech and language therapy? (Parent, Ireland).
15. References to intervention models and comments on the TEACCH methodology and Floor Time model as both opportunities for training and in relation to implementation. (Psychologist, Portugal).
16. What are the experts' views on Pet Therapy and in particular therapy with horses and dolphins? (Hungary).
17. I'm experience persistent obstinate behaviour, together with high intelligence. How can I help my child? (Parent, Greece).
18. We are the parents of two, 15-year-old twin sisters. Would separating them give better results than their living together? (Parent, italy)
19. I have twin boys with autism. is it better to carry out separate or joint interventions? (Parent, Italy).
20. Is there any evidence of people with autism with little or no verbal comprehension learning work rules (rhythms...)? (Therapist, Switzerland)
21. We have visited some residential centres but, according to our experience, people with autism should not be shut away in isolated buildings but be integrated as far as possible into everyday life by living in apartments. Are our views wrong in this respect?
22. Are there networks and/or associations for people with autism? (Specialist).
23. Are there different levels of autism (some children suffer more than others) and what are the different treatments and/or therapies in each case?
24. My 6-year-old child is non-verbal and refuses to eat. Is there any possibility that my child will be cured?
25. Doctors say that my son is 10% mentally disabled and has autism, will he improve? What are the chances of improvement (Parent, India)
26. Can people with severe autism display slight intellectual disability? (Parent, italy).
27. Is the complete lack of verbal communication in autism always accompanied by severe intellectual disability?
28. Is there any connection between Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and children with serious regression of language and play, accompanied by their change in EEG before the age of 3 years? (Parent, Italy)
29. From studies on gaze trackings in children with autism, is it possible to presume a cognitive style that will help us to define the developmental profile of a child?
30. Is the cognitive functioning of people with Asperger's syndrome also a valid model for people with more visible support needs?
31. What is the real value of of cognitive testing of pre-school children with autism and are these tests accurate? (Parent, Ireland)
32. To what extent do perception disorders and communication impairments interfere with cognitive functioning? (Parent, Italy)
33. How important are sports activities in the treatment of autism?
34. Can the inclusion of autistic children into mainstream schools be detrimental to the child without some preliminary training of teachers? (Parent, Brazil)
35. When will we have a European Autism Research Institute, supported by the European Union, with the objective of providing the best information and assistance to the thousands of families and professionals involved with autism? (Parent, Spain)
How is the European Union helping autistic children? Does it offer subsidies towards therapies such as speech therapy, play therapy, music therapy, ABA, VBA, TEACCH, SON RISE programme, etc.?