THE distraught mum of a 28-year-old autistic man has released a disturbing video of him chained up in a harrowing cry for help.
Desperate Marisa Padilha, 47, says her son Andre harms himself if he is tied down.
Andre has been kept in chains for 13 years since he became more violent as a teenager, she says.
She says his behaviour suddenly changed aged 10 and that medicine and therapy prescribed after autism was diagnosed haven’t helped.
Marisa, who lives in the city of Fernandopolis, in the southeastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, says she thinks the diagnosis is either inaccurate or incomplete.
And now she has decided to release footage of her son in a bid to get the treatment he needs.
She said: “He takes some pills per day and even then he keeps beating himself, biting himself and shouting a lot.
“He must have a bigger problem that has not been diagnosed.”
In the video she recorded, she says she cannot stand to see her son chained and asks for help from medical professionals.
Andre says in the film: “He beat himself, he attacked himself… I cannot stand living in this situation, to see the kid chained day and night.
“Every kind of help is welcome for our family, but I am currently looking for a specialist to make a specific examination but we cannot afford the cost.”
She also said Andre is not violent with other people, only with himself.
Marisa claimed that she had to quit her job to take care of her son when he was 10 years old.
Andre was hospitalised and started to take medicine but the reaction was not what doctors expected.
She says of her decision to chain him aged 15: “I could not control him. It was day and night to keep an eye over him in order to stop him hurting himself.
“Then I started to use the chain.”
The city council of Fernandopolis said in a press statement that the kid had been visited by social services for years.
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It said a judge had ruled that, because of his aggressive behaviour, Andre should be cared for in his home while receiving support from psychologists.
Andre gets monthly visits to give him medicine, evaluate his vital signs and test his mental situation, said the council.
He is also receiving medical visits when needed.
But the statement admitted that Andre was not responding well to drugs intended
to curb his aggression.
Pregnant women who take multivitamins ‘reduce the risk of their child having autism’, study claims
TAKING multivitamins in pregnancy may reduce the risk of autism in children, a study suggests. Babies born to mums taking the supplements were less likely to develop the condition than those who did not. The team, including experts from Bristol, examined data for 273,107 mums and their children. All the children were aged four to […]
TAKING multivitamins in pregnancy may reduce the risk of autism in children, a study suggests.
Babies born to mums taking the supplements were less likely to develop the condition than those who did not.
Pregnant women who take vitamins may lower their child’s ‘risk of having autism’[/caption]
The team, including experts from Bristol, examined data for 273,107 mums and their children.
All the children were aged four to 15 by December 31, 2011.
The women’s use of folic acid, iron, and multivitamin supplements had been recorded at their first antenatal visit.
But the team said more research was needed.
It is recommended that pregnant women should take folic acid for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy[/caption]
More than one in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, including an estimated 700,000 people in the UK.
There are many different characteristics that make up autism, but people may be under or oversensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light and colours.
The NHS says that a healthy diet should give a pregnant women ‘most vitamins’[/caption]
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AUTISM spectrum disorder is a condition which can affect a person’s communication skills and social interaction. Here’s everything you need to know about traits of people with ASD and the support which is available in the UK. What is autism spectrum disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an incurable, lifelong developmental condition that affects how […]
AUTISM spectrum disorder is a condition which can affect a person’s communication skills and social interaction.
Here’s everything you need to know about traits of people with ASD and the support which is available in the UK.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is three to four times more common in boys than in girls (stock image used)[/caption]
What is autism spectrum disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an incurable, lifelong developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
It affects around one in 100 people in the UK and is three to four times more common in boys than in girls.
Many people with ASD find it hard to understand other people’s feelings and emotions, and they may have difficulty holding conversations.
When they are young, their language development may take longer and they can struggle to use facial expressions, using gestures to communicate instead.
They may also find it hard to connect with other people and to hold eye contact with unfamiliar individuals.
Many children with ASD like to follow a routine, and changes to this can cause distress.
Autism is an incurable, lifelong developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others[/caption]
How is autism spectrum disorder tested during pregnancy?
There are no tests that are used to screen for ASD during pregnancy.
Symptoms are usually present before a child reaches the age of three, although a diagnosis can be made later in life.
To make an accurate assessment, information is usually drawn from GPs, nursery or school staff and speech and occupational therapists.
Physical examinations are often carried out in order to rule out other potential causes of the symptoms.
These health implications may also be triggered by underlying conditions including Down’s syndrome or neurofibromatosis.
What are the symptoms of ASD?
The NHS outlines the signs of symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in school-age children.
- preferring to avoid using spoken language
- speech that sounds very monotonous or flat
- speaking in pre-learned phrases, rather than putting together individual words to form new sentences
- seeming to talk “at” people, rather than sharing a two-way conversation
Responding to others
- taking people’s speech literally and being unable to understand sarcasm, metaphors or figures of speech
- reacting unusually negatively when asked to do something by someone else
Interacting with others
- not being aware of other people’s personal space, or being unusually intolerant of people entering their own personal space
- little interest in interacting with other people, including children of a similar age, or having few close friends, despite attempts to form friendships
- not understanding how people normally interact socially, such as greeting people or wishing them farewell
- being unable to adapt the tone and content of their speech to different social situations – for example, speaking very formally at a party and then speaking to total strangers in a familiar way
- not enjoying situations and activities that most children of their age enjoy
- rarely using gestures or facial expressions when communicating
- avoiding eye contact
- repetitive movements, such as flapping their hands, rocking back and forth, or flicking their fingers
- playing in a repetitive and unimaginative way, often preferring to play with objects rather than people
- developing a highly specific interest in a particular subject or activity
- preferring to have a familiar routine and getting very upset if there are changes to their normal routine
- having a strong like or dislike of certain foods based on the texture or colour of the food as much as the taste
- unusual sensory interests – for example, children with ASD may sniff toys, objects or people inappropriately
Currently there are no tests that are used to screen for ASD during pregnancy[/caption]
Is there a cure for autism spectrum disorder?
There isn’t a cure for autism, but there are a number of ways you can support those with it.
Speech and language therapists and educational support staff can help children and parents with day-to-day life.
Depending on the individual, there are a number of treatments that can treat symptoms or conditions associated with ASD, such as ADHD and sleeping problems.
What are the signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?
One of the major traits of ASD is challenges with social interaction.
This can include language and communicative difficulties in children, including lack of eye contact and a struggle with body language and gestures.
They may show a lack of empathy with other’s emotions and many need routine to feel comfortable.
Babies and small infants with ASD may not use vocal sounds or babbling to communicate.
Children with ASD may have language and communicative difficulties, including lack of eye contact and a struggle with body language (stock image used)[/caption]
What causes autism spectrum disorder?
The exact cause is unknown, but can occur as a result of a number of genetic, environmental and unknown factors.
Many scientists think that a child inherits certain genes that make them more susceptible to ASD from their parents.
Other researchers claim these genes are only triggered if they are exposed to certain environmental factors.
Some of the possible causes are thought to be being born prematurely before 35 weeks of pregnancy and being exposed to alcohol in the womb.
Other theories include defects in the sensory nerves being the cause.
In the past, some have thought flu during pregnancy to be a cause, but this has been disproved in one study.
Other studies claim that children born to mums with allergies are more at risk of autism and ADHD.
And scientists in Denmark have found that the later you leave it to have kids, the higher the chance your baby will be diagnosed with this condition.
When does The A Word Series 2 start on BBC One and what’s it about?
The six-part drama revisits the funny, messy, mixed-up lives of the Hughes and Scott families as they struggle to do their best as parents, carers, lovers.
Now aged seven, Joe, who has autism, has begun to look at the world and finds that he doesn’t fit in.
“Autistic” is a word he has heard but can’t yet understand and “different” is what he feels, and fears might be something bad.
It is up to the whole family to help Joe make sense of who he is and his place in the world.
You can watch it on Tuesdays at 9pm on BBC One.
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Which celebrities have spoken about autism?
Paddy McGuinness’ wife Christine has revealed that her twins have autism in an emotional Instagram post.
The mum-of-three posted a heartfelt poem on the social media site to celebrate Leo and Penelope’s fourth birthdays.
Melanie Sykes is another celeb parent that has an autistic child, 12-year-old Valentino.
Katie Price regularly documents the struggles of her son Harvey.
Harvey, who was born blind, suffers from a rare genetic condition called Prader-Willi syndrome along with autism.
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