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    Autistic Wizards

    I've been wondering for some time now if it was possible that wizarding children may be born with autism. There is no known cause of the disorder, and it pertains to the development of the brain (theoritically, of course). Some thoughts about this please?

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    I see no reason why that couldn't happen. Autism (and probably loads of other mental disabilities) should exist in wizards as well as Muggles. But maybe wizards the ability to control it more than Muggles...perhaps there's a special potion that eases the symptoms. I don't think they'd have a special cure for autism, at least, as it's more of a congenital disease rather than environmental.

    They would probably attend a different school, though, or have restraints on their magic. Or, if they attended Hogwarts, I bet they would have a special caretaker. They might be treated like Squibs--outcasted from the Wizarding world. That's really sad.

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    I would imagine that autistic wizards would be homeschooled by a tutor. The tutor would be able to adjust the lessons to fit the student's needs. A tutor might be a good option if the autistic student would have a difficult time living away from home/adjusting to a boarding school lifestyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucca4
    I see no reason why that couldn't happen. Autism (and probably loads of other mental disabilities) should exist in wizards as well as Muggles.
    I thought that, too, but the main problem is that in wizards, they have magic in them. It would surely affect wizards differently than Muggles because they're different. This is frustrating..

    But maybe wizards the ability to control it more than Muggles...perhaps there's a special potion that eases the symptoms. I don't think they'd have a special cure for autism, at least, as it's more of a congenital disease rather than environmental.
    Yes, they may control it more or worse compared to Muggles. I'm not sure about special potions. Autism is a disorder of the brain; would there be any ingredients that wizards are aware of that could ease the symptoms? Most of the ingredients of wizard potions are herbal, but they do put parts of creatures (ie. dragon's claws, etc). I wonder if there are other properties of dragon's blood... Autism is almost like a neuro disorder. I don't know any herbs or plants that could somehow fix the brain malfunction, but maybe body parts of magical creatures have..

    They would probably attend a different school, though, or have restraints on their magic. Or, if they attended Hogwarts, I bet they would have a special caretaker. They might be treated like Squibs--outcasted from the Wizarding world.
    Quote Originally Posted by expelliarmus17
    I would imagine that autistic wizards would be homeschooled by a tutor. The tutor would be able to adjust the lessons to fit the student's needs. A tutor might be a good option if the autistic student would have a difficult time living away from home/adjusting to a boarding school lifestyle.
    Yes, that reminds me of Ariana Dumbledore. That brings us back to my first point; Autism could have a different effect on wizarding children compared to Muggles. I don't think they'd be able to attend Hogwarts. In the Muggle world, autistic children learn in an institution where they'd be given one-on-one education or the parents would hire private therapists (Note: In the USA, the government pays/shares the fees of therapuetic fees, depending on the income of the parents). Each child has a different evaluation, so their standing point is different. Yes, I do imagine they'd be outcasts like Squibs.

    Homeschool? Maybe.. How about an institution? Though because Kendra Dumbledore feared Ariana's permanent stay in St. Mungo's, the only option would have been St. Mungo's. Yes, an autistic child needs lots of support from family so I'd say the child would have to be near home.

    Okay, so we've established (kind of) that autism could happen to wizarding children. Next question is: what are it's effects (to a wizard child)?

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    Anyway,....
    I would wonder if, since it has no known cause, you could say that in Muggles, it's caused by a lack of exposure to magic or something like that. Just something in such a way that would prevent wizards from being suseptible to it.

    But if you didn't want to do that... I would say, yes, they would be homeschooled by a tutor. I imagine that the effects would be quite similar to what Muggles experience.
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    There are a couple of stories on the site that actually deal with the subject of autism. I would definitely recommend them.


    Torn by dumbledorefluertwins
    Summary: A dark fic about families torn apart. Daisy Potter is thirteen years old and is already burdened with the responsibilty of her autistic sister and ill mother. Will she ever be able to go to Hogwarts?

    Praise for the Sun, the Bringer of Day by Hansolohpfrk
    Summary: Hannah Abbott grew up much faster than most will ever know. At the tender age of seventeen, she is the only one there for her autistic brother. She has to be strong enough for both of them.

    Revival of Autumn by AstroFire
    Summary: The war is long over, and Harry is now reflecting on what his life is. But is it really what he thought it would be?

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