This video discusses how we are all different. It explains how some differences are easy to see such as height and color where as others, like what we think aren't. The video illustrates how everyone's mind and brain are different, or brain controls how we learn, due to this we all feel different emotions and communicate differently. The video also describes how sometimes our brains are connected in such a way that it affects our senses and how we perceive and read situations as well as how we interact with others. The way in which an autistic person's brain functions can sometimes make a task easy for them that the average person may find difficult such as mathematics, music, and drawing. However it can also do the opposite, creating tasks which are easy for the average person extremely hard for them, such as making friends and socialising. This video also explains that our senses are constantly sending messages to our brain, so when our senses aren't communicating with our brain properly it can have serious affects. For example the way in which the average person sees the world can be completely different to an autistic person's eye, due to this. This can cause chaos inside their heads, because of this autistic people may develop behaviours in order to keep them calm. This can include sitting in the corner by themselves, flapping their arms, or banging their head against the wall. The most important things that this video mentions is that people with autism are not ill or broken, they simply have a unique view of the world.
This poem was written by a young 10 year-old boy with autism named Benjamin. In this poem Benjamin talks about how he is different from us (the average person) and refers to himself as 'odd'. In the second half of the Poem Benjamin talks about how he worries what other people may think of him, and then later goes on to say that, "I feel like an outcast" and "I try to fit in. I hope that someday I do." This poem can be thematically linked to the book, The Curious Indecent Of The Dog In The Nighttime through autism. On top of this we can easily relate Benjamin to Christopher as they both have struggles fitting in with others due to there 'special needs'. The way in which Benjamin and Christopher think are similarly linked through their autism. Benjamin and Christopher also both explain their autism correspondingly and both acknowledge their cases of autism.
This film is based on the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. Life, Animated evocatively interweaves classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life in order to explore how his identification and empathy for characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel gave him a means to understand his feelings and allowed him to interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations offer rich insights into Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity as a member in a tribe of sidekicks. Owen’s story is a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering through the dark times, leading us all toward the light.
In this video Brendan explains the myths and realities of Autism and urges us to understand the crucial difference between can't and won't. Metz's little brother was diagnosed with autism at a young age. He talks about how the are two different core components of autism, the first being a mark deficiency in social communication. This includes things like having a hard time understanding verbal and non-verbal communication, it also includes not being able to pick up on certain social ques. The other core component of autism that Metz talks about is restrictive behaviour, this regards things such as having particular routines, having narrow interests and obsessions, as well as repetitive movements and speech patterns. He then talks about two other things he thinks is important to know about autism. The first of which is that autism is a very intrinsically unique disorder, he explains that there isn't one uniform brain with autism, and that autism is really just a big group of disorders, also know as a spectrum. The second thing Metz finds important to know about autism is that autism isn't rate from 1-10, and is rather classified by the levels of support that the individual would need to live life independently.
This article mainly discusses the aggressive behaviour of children with autism spectrum disorder. It says that children with autism spectrum disorder don't necessarily express anger, fear, anxiety and frustration in the same way in which the average child would. The article later explains that children with autism can sometimes express their feelings through aggressive behaviour towards others and/or towards themselves. For example they might hit, kick, or throw objects at others, and sometimes bang their head against a surface in order to hurt themselves. It then reads as to why children with autism might act aggressively towards others and/or inflict pain amongst themselves. A few reasons why they might do this is because they are having trouble understanding what is happening around them, such as what other people are saying or communicating through facial expressions and body language, don’t have effective ways of communicating what they need or want, are very anxious and/or tense, or want to escape from a stressful situation or activity. The article then discusses how to understand the aggressive behaviour of an autistic child, how to manage an aggressive outburst, and how to stop the self-injurious behaviour of an autistic child.
This short video, created by the National Autistic Society, highlights the effect autism can have on a persons ability to understand non-literal verbiage, and the subsequent effect this has on the individual's ability to communicate within the boundaries of common social conduct. In this video Daniel, a young man with autism, is taking a lunch brake at work, as he is walking through the canteen he is invited to join a table. At the table Daniel witnesses a conversation between of a teary-eyed young woman contemplating the loss of her boyfriend, whilst her friends listened politely. the woman then asks the question "why?" Daniel, who has problems regarding common social conduct due to his autism, takes the woman's question literally. Taking it upon himself to answer by saying, "Maybe he thought you were ugly". This video indicates the issues that people with autism face when dealing in social environments.
Dylan is a 19 yr old boy with Autism. In this video he explains to a family friend what it means to him. He talks about the struggles of autism and how autism affects his life. Dylan understands that he has 'special needs' and that he is not like any other average person, and he clarifies this through his autism. He compares himself to Temple Grandin. Grandin, even though she has 'special needs', she is still one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. On top of this Grandin has been in several movies and has written a countless number of books. Dylan explains that he is autistic because he likes being an adult as well as being a child, he likes do childish things such as, watching cartoons and DVDs, reading comics, playing with action figures, and drinking soda. He describes the ways in which autism makes his life harder compared to the average person's, which is why he is going to a group home as people will help him there. Dylan believes that people outside the group home won't help him if they know he is autistic, so instead of revealing his 'special needs' he hides it, in order to feel normal and wanted.
This website's collation of research explains and answers questions regarding the behaviours of children with autism and why they do certain things. Some of the questions are, why do many kids with autism avoid contact, why do many kids with autism cover their eyes, face, ears with their hands, why do many kids with autism startle easily, why do many kids with flap their hands, etc. This article links thematically with the book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog in The Night-time, where christopher (the main character in the book) has autism. The behaviours described in the book by Mark Hadden and this article written by Lynn Vigo share similar description behaviours from children with autism.