It Only Takes Seconds to Make a Child Autistic.

If your child was normal and speaking before the age of three, and suddenly he withdrew and only made sounds… SOMETHING HAPPENED TO HIM.

Something so terrifying, so world shattering, so beyond his comprehension that he could not process it.

And you may not have been in the room.

From birth to two and a half, a child’s main focus, his every thought is to define and understand what is human.

The thing that happened to him is Television.  Not the programs, you can control that.  It’s the commercials quickly flipping on and off when a toddler walks by…

In the 1990s software appeared that could morph one thing into something else and it began… to accelerate.  Commercials where a man in a suit, talking has his head suddenly burst into flame.  Another where a man’s head becomes a cat.

The horrified child is thinking:  “When will daddy’s head burst into flames?”. ” Will my head be a cat?”, “Is a cat really a person?”

More recently a man in a suit is talking and he rotates where you see the back of his head is gone and in the space is a band playing.  Now there are commercials where flames come out of a man’s body, again a man wearing a suit.  Another where there are big holes in a person’s body that you can see through.

We must begin talking about this, good sensible talking, sharing information.  No name calling, no ‘experts’ saying this idea is wrong.  Just common sense.  I can tell you the event that made my daughter autistic, not TV but something so terrifying to her that she changed.  I can tell you the date and time my son became gray, tachycardic, sweating with terror when he saw Captain Kangaroo’s Grandfather Clock, a clock with the face of a human.  His physical reaction happened instantly when the clock began to talk.  I turned the TV off but it was too late. He was two and a half and he changed in that minute, he withdrew and lost trust in humanity.  He would score in the Autistic Quotient test.

An infant and young child is not just a little adult and he is not a blank slate.  He has a brilliant mind involved in learning a language, often two, maybe three.  He is problem-solving constantly, defining a question  and working out the solution and he is learning how to please the parents (food source), he is figuring out what is human and how the world works.

So we as a society can just wait for studies to be done so experts can tell us what to believe or we can turn the television off and provide a gentle, safe surrounding for young children.

My baby was diagnosed at 11 months and ‘they’ wanted to institutionalize her.  I said: “Over my dead body.”  and the adventure began.  I did nothing for 2 years but work her out of it, and another 2 years to cement her sense of a safe world. She was severely Autistic and stared at lights, made the loud, monotone, no-tears cry that parents of autistic children know and dread, and she would not be touched or even approached.  Now she is perfect, beautiful, fully normal, genius mind and fearless.

This was in 1971..  Five years later the book Son Rise  by Barry Neil Kaufman came out and they had done pretty much the same thing I had and with the same result.

Just turn television off.  There is no way you can moderate what your child sees on the commercials and you cannot risk turning his life and your life into hell forever.



Types of Autism and the Causes of it.

I believe there are two entirely different phenomena lumped into Autism.

  • Brain damage with symptoms of Autism.
  • Fear based, autism acquired between the ages of  6 months to 3 years.

Brain damage includes  powerful tongue thrusting during sleep, causing a deformity, a pushing out  of the teeth.  This originates in the brain stem and the behavior is completely involuntary.  The fear based autistic child does not tongue thrust and has normal appearing teeth.

This is about fear based Autism.  A huge, overwhelming fear /depression in a pre-verbal child.

The infant and young child is not a blank slate.  Not at all.  He is learning a language and learning how the world works.  His brain is assessing and sorting and storing information continuously, brilliantly and with accuracy.

Between the ages of 8 months to 3 years, the child is sorting what is human and what is not.  Every thought has this at it’s center.  It’s his primary function because it’s essential to survival.

If something happens during that time that is so far off of reality and so terrifying that it can’t compute, the child retreats into his own world and locks everything else out.  Because he is essentially pre-verbal, he can’t tell you what frightened him.

Some years ago, software appeared that gave the ability to morph a face into something else and television changed.  Parents can control the TV shows for what the child sees but not the commercials.  A child could walk past a TV left on and see a man in a suit, talking and smiling and suddenly his head morphed into a ball of fire.  Terrifying.  When was daddy’s head going to burst into flame?  Would mine?

There was one where the man’s head became a cat’s head.  Recently there was one where, again, a man in a suit slowly rotated to show the back of his head missing and a little group of people inside.  Terrifying to a toddler.  Absolutely terrifying.

Maybe the toddler was in the room seeing this with parents there and the parents were not reacting to what he was seeing with horror.  Does that mean this happening to a man was normal?

My son at two and a half watched Captain Kangaroo for the first time and turned purple with tacchycardia when Grandfather Clock began talking.  This brilliant, happy child changed forever at that moment but never became fully Autistic.

My 4th child did.

Autism Quotient. A Test

High functioning Autistics excel in music and math and this includes computer technology.  The University of Cambridge developed this test with interesting results.  Computer nerds who took it scored high.  Often, but not always, they had poor social skills.