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Reply To: Autism based in trauma ?

Liz Potter

Oh wow, this is very worrying. I work in an autism diagnostic service and am aware that trauma can sometimes cause similar symptoms to autism and must form part of the differential diagnosis. However, autism is not caused by trauma. It is a form of neurodiversity and is not caused at all by environmental factors. It sounds like this counsellor is pathologising autism and blaming the parents for causing their child’s autism and that is so outdated and potentially damaging for the family as a whole. It feels like there are real steps being made towards acknowledging autism as a difference rather than a disorder and celebrating the unique strengths and skills that people on the autism spectrum can contribute so this makes me very sad.