Referring to the video why does the boy hit himself in the head and then try to hit his mother. My first thought was his little sister, she must be afraid to be around him and he definitely cannot be around her.
Stacia, Autism is a broad spectrum that includes other co-morbid conditions that may lead to such acts. Usually those on the moderate to lower end of the spectrum are considered "Moderate" or "Low functioning" and vent their frustrations in this way.
Here is a different video of the 'Hulk moment' this time with a little girl. You can see what it is like to have an meltdown on the autism spectrum.
As someone with Asperger's, which is on the autism spectrum, I can say that the [media] tends to portray us as [victims] far too much. I mean, I make a fair amount of mistakes, my memory isn't always the best, I am occasionally neurotic, and my social skills aren't exactly good, but we aren't all that bad. Several thousand autistic people live entirely normal lives - some use drugs, some use willpower, some don't have it too very severely. They always seem to look for the most severe cases, and that's bad reporting. It gets more people to look at it, it gets you more viewers, and maybe it raises more money for special needs groups or whatever, but its still a false portrayal. A close friend of mine has Asperger's, and she lives quite well on her own, she functions fine with people - but on the inside she would rather be at home, and she can be easily emotionally effected, and sometimes she overreacts. That(And a couple other things) qualified her as having the disease, and she has been diagnosed, BUT she is perfectly OK. Its not as easy as being normal, and sometimes your brain makes up in other ways - she and I both have MENSA I.Q. Levels, I am an amateur programmer, and she wants to study medical engineering. But we aren't super geniuses. Autism always gets portrayed with EXTREMES, and its really tiresome.
Skelepound, that is an interesting take from someone on the spectrum which I do understand, however this isn't the intention of this Thread. Unless you are looking at the ads of a specific organization I do not like, I actually feel the focus is not wide but on specific cases where the person on the spectrum has some unique gift (Savant) and almost none on what the parent goes through when they have to take care of someone on the lower end of the spectrum. They want to hide what parents go through and paint this pretty picture that isn't there. This is especially in countries where there is nothing for children on the spectrum and they are essentially abandoned by society because they aren't 'bright' enough to be taken seriously,.
I actually did not know much about how a person on one of the more extreme ends of the spectrum might act until I looked at this thread. It seems to me when the media does a report about someone with autism, they pick someone with Down syndrome and try to make them appear as normal-functioning as possible, which could be true, and it might not, but the thing is people like me who haven't really been around it don't really understand or grasp it. I've learned a lot I didn't know just from reading JB's posts and the responses of the other board members with experience in this area.