March 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm #493GoldenDaysFanParticipant
He has none of the shyness and confusion he used have that was indicative of his autism. Lexi said today that her son has autism, but it was hard to tell during his conversation with E.J. Are the writers gradually moving little Theo away from autism in the hope that one day the viewers will forget about it(like Philips’ prosthetic leg) and then they will be free to put him into more complex situations?March 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm #11460
I don’t know much about Autism at all – I was listening to Coast-to-Coast radio very late last night on the radio and of course, they had the subject du jour "Health Care" as their topic. A father of twin 15 year old boys that both have autism was saying what it medically cost a year for him to raise the children. The father said that one of the boys has never progressed past children’s "pull-ups" (i.e., potty learning stage), and has to wear a helmet to keep from hurting himself. The other twin son can verbally communicate on a much more advanced level, can articulate his ideas, goes to a school and is somewhat social; so I guess there are different states of the impairment. Theo must be in a more advanced phase as he can communicate and is social.
Either that or like you said, the writer’s are moving away from autism for Theo’s character. It’s really too bad that if that is what the writer’s are doing and have gotten lazy because it’s too difficult a character to write for as Theo grows up, because it brings Autism in the forefront of dialog and more understanding.March 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm #11459
Hit the send button once too many times…March 23, 2010 at 5:09 am #11466DeeLanParticipant
A friend has a son who’s autistic. He was a slow talker when he was younger, acually was over 5 years old and wouldn’t communicate. He was hard to potty train even at 5-6 years old. Today he’in his mid-late 20’s is a good conversationalist, knows a lot about computers and drives a car.March 23, 2010 at 9:13 am #11468SWParticipant
as an educator, there are many types/levels of autism. With education, many will advance but also to different levels. Some children will be mainstreamed while others will have to be in self-contained classes. If I remember correctly, Abe and Lexie were getting Theo advanced services to improve his skills. Plus, it is not like Theo was talking to a stranger, EJ is a relative that I would assume he sees enough to be comfortable with. I would not be surprised to see the show leading away from the autism story line though either as they rarely stay on one thing for long.March 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm #11490BonbonParticipant
if Philip can get a totally new face and physique and grow a new leg, I guess Theo can "outgrow" autism. <extreme sarcasm>March 23, 2010 at 9:34 pm #11495
it is the land of Salem after all…March 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm #11590redessaParticipant
Autism is a spectrum disorder encompassing many vary degrees of severity. I have a son with Asperger’s which is on the autism spectrum. He’s extremely intelligent and completely capable of carrying on a normal conversation when he wants to (and moreso with those he’s comfortable with) – think nerdy computer genius type. His main issues lie in the area of social skills (although he was also late to potty train, is resitant to change and has some other typical autistic characteristics). I have friends with children who are more severely autistic who, with early interventions and therapies, are functioning at or very near the level of my son. So I don’t find it at all difficult to believe that Theo could be making great progress in his communication skills. And it makes perfect sense that Abe and Lexie would be doing everything possible to make that happen.March 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm #11594SWParticipant
high-powered executives out there that are on the spectrum of Asperger’s. We may never be told they have it but you can suspect it. They have their positives and negatives, just like we all do!
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