Is there a connection between autism and water? By now, I am sure you are familiar with the story of the autistic man that was found after three weeks in the desert. I was reading an article on the Telegraph about the rescue of 28 year old William Martin LaFever, and was a little confused about one thing that is reported in it. It hinted a connection between autism and water. The officer that found LaFever reports that he received autism training and that he was taught that autistic individuals were drawn to water.
Gardner’s training in searching for people with autism taught him they are naturally drawn to water, so the helicopter search focused on the Escalante River, the department said.
Gardner is Deputy Ray Gardner of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department. First, I think it’s great that he had autism training. I think all law enforcement agencies should. What I am a little confused about is the assumption that all autistic individuals are drawn to water. What is that based on? I know my son loves water, and he has no fear of it. But does that mean there is a connection between autism and water?
Isn’t it just as likely that the reason that LaFever was found in the area of the Escalante River because of a basic survival instinct? You need water to survive. Wouldn’t you go to where there is water, if you knew where the water was? I’m just trying to understand.
I’ve been raising an autistic child for 13 years. This is the first time I have ever heard of something like this. What do you think? Do you think there is a connection between autism and water? Are individuals with autism naturally drawn to water? I don’t, but that’s just my opinion. What’s yours?