One of the hardest challenges for families facing autism is the problem of touch. Often, autistic children resist hugging and other types of physical contact, causing distress all around. This small study took 20 individuals and brushed a hand over their forearm. People who showed higher signs of autism found that the touch rather than being kind found It more aggressive and negative. This correlates to Christopher mainly when the police officer tried to get him on his feet after being on the ground. He does not like people touching them and therefore punches the officer. This just shows that it is something that is out of control for these people.
Two Stanford psychologists have found that the emotional difficulties faced by many individuals with autism come from a lack of effective emotion regulation strategies. People with autism usually struggle with understanding emotions and therefore people. For example if I had to say that my god had died or had come to school crying person without autism would comfort me and feel sympathy and empathy for me where as kids with autism struggle to understand and therefore process emotion. This is not because they are not intelligent but because emotion and knowing how someone is feeling is incredibly complex. This can clearly be seen when he talks about his mom which you would assume he would be uncomfortable talking about when he thought she was dead but he spoke about her with no emotion and very factual.
Information on why obsessions, repetitive behaviour and routines may be important to people with autism, and how you can respond to them. This website talks about and explain why kids with autism show signs of constantly repeating themselves and keeping to a routine. It talks about the anxiety that occurs when a child with autism leaves said routine and explains why. This really seemed to resonate with me and how it could relate to Christopher because Christopher and his writings seemed very repetitive and although did change every now and then usually stuck to a routine. This means that kids such as Christopher can become more comfortable and relaxed in daily life which in the long run will make it a lot easier to deal with his problems that face him.
A common misunderstanding with people who are autistic is that they're all the same. There is a huge spectrum for the perfectly functional to the severely impaired with dozens of in between. Christopher would be more to the middle left part because he is very intelligent just struggles socially. This also just shows how rather than what most people think which is autism is one diagnosis it is rather a spectrum where u could be functional and be 'normal' or the other side which is a lot more detrimental. I thought his illustration would be important to add just to visually show how it could be measured and some of the key diffrences
Due to the lack of social skills and possible lack of other skill people with the condition or who are on the spectrum usually, have these amazing talents. Examples of these are being amazing with numbers or having a great memory etc. These attributes are what make people on the spectrum so amazing such as Christopher. He loves math and space because they are orderly and make sense in his mind even though there are many 'normal' people who lack that ability.
Autism and being on the spectrum would be difficult for anyone but people never truly grasp how hard it would be to become a self-sustaining adult with it. This article talks about how to deal with these topics. This could relate to Christopher and the things he is good at and how he may take things such as math or areas involving math as a career path but more over trying to find something that these people enjoy.
This Youtube clip talks about what asperges is which can closly relate to autism. Very simplily it is the complete lack of social skills as well as the lack of empathy and sympathy. This clip was very good becuase it showed some of the positive aspects of the condition as well as the negatives. We can only assume that Christopher has Asperger's as well as autism and this video shows and represents how some of these traits occur and how to spot them. Overall a very insightful video with a lot of useful information which closely parallels to how Christopher may be acting.
This link takes you to a pager where it shows you some ways you can better deal with Austism. It is important to have it becuase there would be alot of people who would get caught out when they are apeaking or interacting with someone who is Autistic. For this reason it would be good to read through some of the wasy to cope such as being direct and trying to talk about something that intrests them becuase then it will be much eaier to talk to and interact with somone who has it