It amazes me how you can make a diagnosis of my son, from what I am typing and how I type it.. I suggest you become the Doctor of all Doctors and stop trying to diagnose people by their grammar or spelling. My grammar may not be that great, but there were no spelling errors Mr Troll.
Anyway here are the definitions of them so you can make a more objectionable diagnosis Mr Miracle Doctor. I have marked with an hash (or pound) (#) the symptoms my son has, not all of them together are needed to make an autism diagnosis.
Mental retardation is a condition diagnosed before age 18 that includes below-average general intellectual function, and a lack of the skills necessary for daily living.
* Continued infantile behavior
* Decreased learning ability
* Failure to meet intellectual developmental markers
* Inability to meet educational demands at school
* Lack of curiosity
Note: Changes to normal behaviors depend on the severity of the condition. Mild retardation may be associated with a lack of curiosity and quiet behavior. Severe mental retardation is associated with infantile behavior throughout life.
Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills.
Most parents of autistic children suspect that something is wrong by the time the child is 18 months old and seek help by the time the child is age 2. Children with autism typically have difficulties in:
* Pretend play
* Social interactions
* Verbal and nonverbal communication
Some children with autism appear normal before age 1 or 2 and then suddenly "regress" and lose language or social skills they had previously gained. This is called the regressive type of autism.
People with autism may:
* Be overly sensitive in sight, hearing, touch, smell, or taste (for example, they may refuse to wear "itchy" clothes and become distressed if they are forced to wear the clothes)
* Have unusual distress when routines are changed *
* Perform repeated body movements
* Show unusual attachments to objects
The symptoms may vary from moderate to severe.
Communication problems may include:
* Cannot start or maintain a social conversation
* Communicates with gestures instead of words
* Develops language slowly or not at all
* Does not adjust gaze to look at objects that others are looking at
* Does not refer to self correctly (for example, says "you want water" when the child means "I want water")
* Does not point to direct others' attention to objects (occurs in the first 14 months of life)
* Repeats words or memorized passages, such as commercials #
* Uses nonsense rhyming
* Does not make friends
* Does not play interactive games
* Is withdrawn
* May not respond to eye contact or smiles, or may avoid eye contact
* May treat others as if they are objects
* Prefers to spend time alone, rather than with others #
* Shows a lack of empathy
Response to sensory information:
* Does not startle at loud noises
* Has heightened or low senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, or taste
* May find normal noises painful and hold hands over ears #
* May withdraw from physical contact because it is overstimulating or overwhelming
* Rubs surfaces, mouths or licks objects
* Seems to have a heightened or low response to pain
* Doesn't imitate the actions of others
* Prefers solitary or ritualistic play #
* Shows little pretend or imaginative play
* "Acts up" with intense tantrums
* Gets stuck on a single topic or task (perseveration)
* Has a short attention span
* Has very narrow interests #
* Is overactive or very passive
* Shows aggression to others or self
* Shows a strong need for sameness #
* Uses repetitive body movements
Not that many there is there? But I am sure the psychologists at UNH are all wrong and he really is mentally retarded, because my grammar isn't stellar and the fact I LOOKED for the definitions of Retarded and Autism, something you seem to lack the skill of doing...
Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature. -- Rich Kulawiec