I am in the beginning stages of writing a Young Adult supernatural fantasy where the two main characters (male and female) are equally important to the plot. The story is written from the female point of view.
The main male character is autistic (don't worry, the story will also falls into the chic lit category so the aim is for the reader to gradually fall in love with him as will the main female character).
This brings me to my questions. Is it possible or plausible that witnessing a horrific incident could cause a child (about 8) to be severely autistic?
I really don't want to go off insulting people who are connected to autism in anyway by making uninformed assumptions but the little research I have done seems to indicate that the main cause has something to do with imbalances of metals in the system rather than psychological trauma.
Please feel free to let me know if my comments are insulting as this is not my intent. ↓