If your child was normal and speaking before the age of three, and suddenly he withdrew and only made sounds… SOMETHING HAPPENED TO HIM.
Something so terrifying, so world shattering, so beyond his comprehension that he could not process it.
And you may not have been in the room.
From birth to two and a half, a child’s main focus, his every thought is to define and understand what is human.
The thing that happened to him is Television. Not the programs, you can control that. It’s the commercials quickly flipping on and off when a toddler walks by…
In the 1990s software appeared that could morph one thing into something else and it began… to accelerate. Commercials where a man in a suit, talking has his head suddenly burst into flame. Another where a man’s head becomes a cat.
The horrified child is thinking: “When will daddy’s head burst into flames?”. ” Will my head be a cat?”, “Is a cat really a person?”
More recently a man in a suit is talking and he rotates where you see the back of his head is gone and in the space is a band playing. Now there are commercials where flames come out of a man’s body, again a man wearing a suit. Another where there are big holes in a person’s body that you can see through.
We must begin talking about this, good sensible talking, sharing information. No name calling, no ‘experts’ saying this idea is wrong. Just common sense. I can tell you the event that made my daughter autistic, not TV but something so terrifying to her that she changed. I can tell you the date and time my son became gray, tachycardic, sweating with terror when he saw Captain Kangaroo’s Grandfather Clock, a clock with the face of a human. His physical reaction happened instantly when the clock began to talk. I turned the TV off but it was too late. He was two and a half and he changed in that minute, he withdrew and lost trust in humanity. He would score in the Autistic Quotient test.
An infant and young child is not just a little adult and he is not a blank slate. He has a brilliant mind involved in learning a language, often two, maybe three. He is problem-solving constantly, defining a question and working out the solution and he is learning how to please the parents (food source), he is figuring out what is human and how the world works.
So we as a society can just wait for studies to be done so experts can tell us what to believe or we can turn the television off and provide a gentle, safe surrounding for young children.
My baby was diagnosed at 11 months and ‘they’ wanted to institutionalize her. I said: “Over my dead body.” and the adventure began. I did nothing for 2 years but work her out of it, and another 2 years to cement her sense of a safe world. She was severely Autistic and stared at lights, made the loud, monotone, no-tears cry that parents of autistic children know and dread, and she would not be touched or even approached. Now she is perfect, beautiful, fully normal, genius mind and fearless.
This was in 1971.. Five years later the book Son Rise by Barry Neil Kaufman came out and they had done pretty much the same thing I had and with the same result.
Just turn television off. There is no way you can moderate what your child sees on the commercials and you cannot risk turning his life and your life into hell forever.