Your birth order and possible relevance to Autism

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Your birth order
Oldest child 42%  42%  [ 44 ]
Second child 22%  22%  [ 23 ]
Third child 4%  4%  [ 4 ]
Fourth child 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Fifth child 3%  3%  [ 3 ]
Sixth and higher 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Only child 14%  14%  [ 15 ]
Adopted and don't know 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Adopted and know 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Baby in the family 10%  10%  [ 10 ]
More than one of the above 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Other/Poll needs more options 3%  3%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 105

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18 Sep 2009, 7:05 pm

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Was I supposed to select 'third child' or 'baby in the family' in the poll?


I wasn't sure what the OP intended either, but I interpreted "Baby in the family" as meaning "last-born, with significantly older siblings" (or possibly "only child born late in the parents' lives"), which is a far different situation than just being "third-born". In many ways, we remain the "babies" even long after we've reached adulthood, especially to our siblings.



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18 Sep 2009, 7:15 pm

Only child, though my mother had a miscarriage afterwards, so I was nearly a firstborn.


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18 Sep 2009, 7:15 pm

I am in the middle between two nt siblings. Autism is about genetics, not birth order. I suggest you do some research on genetics my friend.



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18 Sep 2009, 7:24 pm

Francis wrote:
I'm the third child and the baby in the family.

Was I supposed to select 'third child' or 'baby in the family' in the poll? :?:


Either way - or vote for a combination - or vote the way you think is more logical; then if it needs explaining I'd be glad to hear it.



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18 Sep 2009, 7:32 pm

CTBill wrote:
Francis wrote:
Was I supposed to select 'third child' or 'baby in the family' in the poll?


I wasn't sure what the OP intended either, but I interpreted "Baby in the family" as meaning "last-born, with significantly older siblings" (or possibly "only child born late in the parents' lives"), which is a far different situation than just being "third-born". In many ways, we remain the "babies" even long after we've reached adulthood, especially to our siblings.


Yes I would take it that the "baby" is the last but personally would not include someone who was second-born because that scenario is not the same as the so-called typical "baby in the family" pampering or relaxation of rules by parents, which tends to occur at the fifth or sixth child (my family had five kids and there WAS a relaxation of rules with the youngest LOL!! !). But vote how you feel.

The conclusion I am seeing here is that it would be nice if polls on WP could allow you to vote in more than one box, to avoid a choice having to be too narrow, such as: "3rd and last child with adopted sibling whose age is between my age and my next older natural sibling's age".



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18 Sep 2009, 7:40 pm

polymathpoolplayer wrote:
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3. NT stepsister (I know she doesn't count for the bio standpoint but consider her my sister anyways)


Maybe, but from a socialization/maturation point of view she would count - as the spectrum is not just a hereditary thing - it is influenced by environment too.


Possibly, but b/c we didn't live together 'til I was 14 and she was 10, I doubt it from an environmental point of view.


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18 Sep 2009, 7:40 pm

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I am in the middle between two nt siblings. Autism is about genetics, not birth order. I suggest you do some research on genetics my friend.


And my theory is that the birth order might show an unusual distribution of autism. If we just stick to conventional knowledge and accept it as Gospel, how can science ever expand? And NEVER assume you KNOW how genetics works. Remember it wasn't until the 1950's that the geometric shape of DNA was posited and proven. Should we have stuck to Mendel? Science will never KNOW anything 100%, just get closer and closer, with an occasional revolution that makes everything before look ridiculous and clumsy. Aristotle - Newton - Einstein - ring a bell?

My point is that having autistics born in the earlier parts of birth order within families, this may prove that autism has an evolutionarily beneficial role on the survival of mankind, just like depression has been recently assumed to be a survival benefit by causing deep analysis and dwelling on problems, perhaps first generated during the Ice Age by being sad over not having stored enough food in the cave for the winter???



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18 Sep 2009, 8:19 pm

I was an only child and have it, my son was my first and he has AS as well. My mother also shows many many signs and was the first born, as well as her mother.


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18 Sep 2009, 9:03 pm

Second and last child.

Older sibling is outgoing and fairly successful as far as getting along with people and finding opportunities.

Family is somewhat dysfunctional, but I suspect my mom may have a touch of AS, but I can't be sure. She's managed to have a career and friends without being so "socially awkward" like I have been.



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18 Sep 2009, 11:46 pm

I'm the second and youngest. My older sister is NT.



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19 Sep 2009, 1:28 am

Oldest: ME (AS)
Middle: Sister (NT)
Young: Sister (HFA)

Didn't include older step brother, considering he only has one of my parents.



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19 Sep 2009, 6:09 am

I'm my mum's baby and my dad's only child. My mum has two sons who are much older than me from a previous marriage but my dad just has me. I answered "baby in the family" - was that wrong?



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19 Sep 2009, 6:13 am

I am the oldest of four children.



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19 Sep 2009, 6:24 am

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19 Sep 2009, 8:04 am

Polymathpoolplayer wrote:

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If we just stick to conventional knowledge and accept it as Gospel, how can science ever expand?…


For the record, polymath, I completely agree with your comments above on seeking novel scientific explanations. Autism has yet to become a special interest for me, but I know that better understanding of it is sorely needed. Good luck seeing if you can find something useful following this path.