I haven't posted in a while, but I had to post about this, in case anyone is reading this. I had to take T to the ER last weekend for respiratory distress and they put him on prednisone. Within a day or 2, I had 3 remarkable experiences:
1) he asked me a question: "What is that?"
2) he commented to me: "That tickles!"
3) he exhibited true total joint attention: he pointed and said: "there's a mouse!" then looked at me, caught my eye and looked back to the mouse. then back to my eyes again, then back to the mouse.
At first I thought, wow he really is making progress. And to be clear, he HAS been making a lot of progress.
But then I thought, this is really dramatic, all at once. Could it be the prednisone (a sort of artificial cortisol)? I looked it up, and do you know that there ARE a lot of people out there who claim miraculous improvement in language when they put their autistic kid on prednisone? I don't really know whether this is real or not, but I am planning to find out.
I have been doing some reading about both autism and asthma lately, and there are some pretty striking links. It appears (to me) that it really is very clear that autism involves chronic inflammation, and so does asthma. So it kind of makes sense that prednisone, which is anti-inflammatory, might be beneficial also for someone with autism.
fyi, the prednisone was only for 4 or 5 days, so we're not on it anymore. but I am planning to find out more.
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