Rosie O'Donnell Shared Video Suggesting Barron Trump Is Autistic

Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell is under fire for sharing a video telling Donald Trump and Melania Trump’s 10-year-old son, Barron Trump, might be an autistic. O'Donnell is an American comedian, actress, author and television personality. She started her comedy career while still a teenager. Her big break was on the talent show Star Search in 1984. She has been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, a lesbian rights activist, a television producer and a collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company, R Family Vacations.

Rosie O'Donnell Shared Video Suggesting Barron Trump Is Autistic

Donald Trump’s youngest son Barron Trump might be autistic, and it’s time for people to stop bullying him for his “strange” behavior. Let’s follow Melania Trump and #StopTheBullying.

According to Inquisitr, Rosie O’Donnell recently caused a massive Twitter controversy by speculating that Donald and Melania Trump’s son, Barron Trump, may have autism, and she’s not backing down. The former talk show host wants her critics to know that one of her children is autistic, and this is why she decided to tweet a link to anti-bullying video proclaiming to show “evidence” that 10-year-old Barron is on the autism spectrum. The video Rosie O’Donnell shared with her Twitter followers was titled “Is Barron Trump Autistic? #StopTheBullying.”

The seven-minute video, with over 1.2 million views, points to several of Barron’s mannerisms, captured on camera during the few times he’s appeared on TV, as evidence he may be autistic. “His hands are moving erratically and aren’t touching each other,” text reads over footage of the boy clapping for his president-elect father. “Then he was spotted making strange movements in his seat, typical in children with autism,” as reported by The Wrap.

Understanding an Autistic Person

An autistic person is a human with autism. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life. According to Autism Speaks, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. All autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD.

Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Autism Speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years.


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