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Autism VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 05/30/2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Autism



VIEWPOINTS
Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
05/30/2010
Time and again, the nomenclature “autistic” has been heard here and there, and in all probability, will still be mentioned in the times yet to come.

This is definitely not in any way intended to malign anyone in particular, much less to put into question someone’s mental personality, constitution and pursuant personal competence to pursue or assume this or that undertaking. 

In other words, courtesy of the American Psychiatric Association in its DSM-IV, 4th ed., it would be not only proper but practical to know what really is autism and/or who truly is “autistic” — considering that it is only truth that can set people free from effects of malevolent accusations, insinuations and the like about this or that individual.

Both in layman’s language and in general terms, autistic personality disorder means a qualified difficulty in social interactions, an identified impairment in communication, or a particular restricted repetitive behavioral functions or limited interests and consequent activities. 

The key feature of all the said social and personal limiting and limited traits is their ingrained predictability to the extent that change in one’s action and reaction patterns is improbable — the older one gets, the more confirmed becomes his or her autism.... MORE    

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