The word autism was mentioned during one of the presentations I attended. Patricia Kuhl, PhD presented on “The Child’s First 2000 Days” where she spoke of that critical period, those first 5 years of life, when the brain has its single biggest growth spurt. She cited some studies done on tri-lingual and bi-lingual children, showing that critical period of growth is sustained for a longer period. She spoke of how children respond to humans, the mother’s voice, and how technology should not be used in the first two years of life.
And then she said the word “autistic.” She spoke about the need for more research, how in those children the mother’s voice was not sought, in fact it seemed to cause discomfort. She spoke for about two or three minutes about studies being done with autistic children and then continued with the rest of her presentation…
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