There are some wonderful blogs and resources for people affected by autism. Search on BlogLovin’ to find them
In class this week we had to read this article by: Briley Proctor and Frances Prevatt
As I attempt to understand the crazy world of diagnosing….. learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism…. I am always amazed at what a new science psychology is. Psychologists attempt to understand the human mind, connecting emotions, feelings, learning, and how it affects behaviors and responses. Easy…Right!? ha
In the article it stated how it is difficult it is to find a clear definition of what intelligence is and what exactly is a learning disability? LD= is it a mixture of intelligence level, academic failure, processing deficits, and neurological impairments? Check this article out for your self! What do ya think?
I saw Adam when it first came out, and re-watched it the other night. Its such an inspirational movie…one of those make ya laugh and cry kinda movies. I thought it did a wonderful job at explaining how a person with Aspergers deals with the complicated world of living with “nero-typical” people .
Adam: I can see that you’re upset but I don’t know what to do
Beth: Could you give me a hug?
Adam: Yes. *stands still*
Beth: Adam, I would like you to give me a hug
Adam: Okay *smiles adorably*
One of the many wonderful things I have found while working with people who have Aspergers, is their honesty, genuineness, and tell it like it is personality.
By: Emily Perl Kingsley
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……
When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”
“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”
But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.
Congratulations Miss Montana for not only achieving her title, being extremely talented, but also being the first ever constant to compete who has been diagnosed autism. This is truly wonderful, Cant wait to watch the pageant tonight, no matter what the outcome is… She has inspired people everywhere to not give up and achieve your dreams.
The devastation that happen in Newtown is difficult to grasp and even hard to understand?! I have been asked many times my opinion on the recent tragedy that happen in newton. I think this article did an amazing job at explaining what autism is and the characteristics that some people with autism have. Especially how important it is for everyone to become educated before they start making assumptions.
“This country needs to develop a better understanding of the complexities of various conditions and respect for the profound individuality of its children. We need to emphasize that being introverted doesn’t mean one has a developmental disorder, that a developmental disorder is not the same thing as a mental illness, and that most mental illnesses do not increase a person’s tendency toward outward-directed violence.”