My experiences as a creative person, tutor of children, and teacher of creative writing

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Update Resources - Autism and Asperger's Now Called ASD

Every few years the terminology changes for putting people into categories. Now Autism and it's milder form, Asperger's Syndrome (later called Asperger's Disorder) are labeled as ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). I am not changing the labels in the articles I wrote, but it is still the same topic. Here are some current 2016 articles on the subject.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/autism-spectrum-disorders

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/tc/aspergers-syndrome-home-treatment#1
(I like these practical suggestions. I have tried them and they work. They match my experience as a teacher, tutor, and mother. Just help them to get the whole picture which will help them better cope with change and improve relationships. They are gifted in left brain areas such as math and memorization. Encourage their gifts.)

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/video/video-when-autism-grows-up

(Good video by an autistic person.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL7DnUJfOlw

This mother of an autistic genius allowed her son to pursue his interests. He has developed incredible abilities in physics. This is the approach I have used and I know it works.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Autistic Babies and Children

Here are some comments by different parents of mildly Autistic children. These children are said to have Asenberger Syndrome.  By "syndrome", they mean a characteristic group of behavior. An example is that most Asenberger children have difficulty dealing with change. It does not mean that they have an illness or anything is "wrong" with them. They are who they are. We each have different strengths and weaknesses. These people often are exceptional on left brain skills such as structure, linear logic, memory for details, math, and spelling. Recognizing behavioral patterns and predicting behavior often is very difficult for these logical, literal people. Their particular personality results in some common behaviors.

I am grouping the comments. Since there are five times more boys than girls that are autistic, most quotes will refer to "he".