The previous posts on this blog referring to toxicity, chemical sensitivities and allergies, remind us of the toll that overstimulation can take on the highly sensitive person but what about babies? Highly sensitive adults typically have highly sensitive children who were once highly sensitive babies.
This is a TED talk which discusses the early years research of autism in babies. In the charts from 2 months onwards of an autistic babies life, they start out with above average focus but something happens to them 4 months, 8 months…onwards that contributes to a downward slide in their ability to focus and function.
According to Wikipedia:
“Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child’s life. The signs typically develop gradually, but some children with autism will reach their developmental milestones at a normal pace and then regress.
As of 2010 the rate of autism is estimated at about 1–2 per 1,000 people worldwide, and it occurs four to five times more often in boys than girls. About 1.5% of children in the United States (one in 68) are diagnosed with ASD as of 2014, a 30% increase from one in 88 in 2012. The rate of autism among adults aged 18 years and over in the United Kingdom is 1.1%. The number of people diagnosed has been increasing dramatically since the 1980s, partly due to changes in diagnostic practice and government-subsidized financial incentives for named diagnoses; the question of whether actual rates have increased is unresolved.”