I wouldn't believe anything america publishes on autism, once again they've gone backwards in the world and reclassified it against the wishes of the world, please read http://www.guardian....ental-disorders
Every once in a while... life takes a turn and you see something just literally makes you go... WTF?
Ok.. let's educate the self titled Neowinian Wise One.
Here's a link to get you started.http://www.tucsonallianceforautism.org/autism.htm
Now.. having posted that... I'll let you in on something that page doesn't say.
Autistic people do not see the world like we do. And the younger they are, the more potential for them to get into dangerous situations very very easily. My daughter is autistic.. and for example, no matter how many times I tell her... she just walks from the car to the store, in the lot... with out EVER looking for cars.... unless I mention it each time we get out.
A young child isn't going to know about the dangers around them... this is exceedingly more important when it comes to an autistic child. The child will be extremely unpredictable in the situation, and unlike others.. isn't going to seek help from the first person they see.. and say they are lost.
Show some respect.
I.E. 'The arrival of DSM-5 will mark the end of Asperger's syndrome in the US. Along with some other autism-related conditions, Asperger's will now be consumed by the new category of "autism spectrum disorder".', despite being on the same spectrum, they're completely different things and if american so called specialists are stupid enough to call it the same thing, they're obviously pretty clueless and should be mostly ignored.
Kids do not know danger as well as adults, that's a known fact and it's nothing to do with autism. True, autism can make it more severe.
Show some respect? Why don't you read some real research by real accreditied authors that are specialists in the area first such as professor howlin?
It's a shame the boy did not survive, and autism or not isn't going to stop the sea from pulling you in nor knowing about the danger of the sea.