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Our brains take over 20 years to develop and for some of us, learning is lifelong. Children who are diagnosed as autistic may well grow up into reasonably well functioning adults. That does not mean that they have been "cured", simply that they have learned to compensate for some deficits and/or learned strategies to help them cope. Following the course of Dr Temple Grandin's life is the seminal case in point. At the age of 2 years, her father wanted her to be institutionalised. Look at her now! (If you have never heard of her, you should be VERY embarrassed!)
Instead of viewing us from the outside, TALK to us. We can tell you far more than you will ever know by doing "research"!


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