“A complex syndrome based on psychological and biochemical disorders that have as a common end-point the cognitive and emotional impairment we associate with autism.”
“[Autism] is merely one symptom of an underlying disease process that affects the immunological system, the gastrointestinal system, and the toxicological system, as well as the neurological system.”
“Autism can be seen as a challenge to rise beyond our limitations, our routines and the way our lives can be fragmented into separate compartments so that we can perceive how the many simultaneous challenges posed by autism relate to each other — which should help us address the challenges strategically.
Some people see autism as a challenge to be fully present with and open to people with very different ways of being. This means moving beyond categorizing people with labels and opening the way to new possibilities.
Being present with each person in this way, no matter what they “can’t do,” can stimulate a profound desire for a way of living and a way of organizing the world so that it facilitates this presence. It also opens the way to valuing what each person CAN do, which may be atypical but full of integrity and value.
Being present with these challenges can also stimulate a profound desire to eliminate physical, social, environmental and institutional factors, and practices that get in the way of this quality of presence, that get in the way of health and well-being, and that create obstacles or loss of options.” ~ (www.autismwhyandhow.org)
*Dr. Martha Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist and Neuroscientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, where she is director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders). She is the author of the public-oriented book, The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be.