I was diagnosed as having extreme autism as a young child and my parents were told that I would never talk, never function in society. After seeing many doctors and finding no hope in them, my mom finally found some one who thought she could help. I was in therapy with this doctor from age 3 till age 6 when we moved. My biggest problem was with my hearing. The smallest sound could overwhelm me, I believe this is why I didn't talk because the world of sound was so painful to me, I totally withdrew from the world to try to cope which then resulted in the autism diagnosis. By the time I left therapy a few years later, I was almost normal. Talking, having friends, doing well in school etc. I still had some social issues in school and some issues with sound but now at age 34, and for really most of my adult life, I am almost completely normal. I still have troubles ignoring certain sounds, dogs barking, weed wackers, those types of things I can not just let fade into the background but other than that, I could not really identify from any of the check lists.
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