This is a poem written by a 10 year old boy named Benjamin. It is entitled "I am old, I am new". This poem represents Benjamin's feelings towards his life and towards autism and it illustrates how he feels. One line that really stands out to me is "I feel like a boy in outer space, I touch the stars and feel out of place". This is telling us that people with autism feel as if they are being left out, and this is mainly down to their social skills. Benjamin probably feels left out and "out of place" because he doesn't have the ability to go up to people and "chat", much like Christopher in the book. In addition, there is a repetition of the words "I am old, I am new". To me, this shows that it is as if Benjamin feels like he is being recycled. This is because he might goes through a cycle of 1) making new friends, 2) his friends realising he has autism, and 3) his friends not liking him anymore because they found out about his condition. This relates to Christopher because there is not very much mention of any of his friends at school, which could be suggesting he does not have many friends, and he probably feels very much the same way that Benjamin does.
This article reads about why kids with autism tend to show aggressive behaviour. Children with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), dont tend to express anger, fear, anxiety or frustration the same way as many other people/ children. Due to this, they can sometimes express their behaviour rather aggresively towards other people. However, they can also express their anger upon themselves. This is know as self injurious behaviour (Injuring yourself). This behaviour could involve hitting, kicking, throwing, head banging or spitting. The reasons behind this behaviour could be because they might have trouble understanding whats going on around them, they might be very anxious and tense or they might want to escape from stressful situations or activities. Chrisophers behavioural problems are shown in the book when he reacts aggressively towards people touching him. An example of this is when the police officer grabs Christopher on the arm. Christopher said in the book that he didn't like being touched, so in reaction to this, he hit the police officer and was sent to the police station for violence against an officer.
This video is about a young boy named Daniel who was taking his lunch break at work. Strolling through the canteen he is invited to join a table of fellow employees his own age. At the table, he overhears a conversation common to most of us: a teary-eyed young woman crying over the loss of yet another boyfriend while her friends politely listen. The friends at the table, to make it look like they care, make noises to the crying woman's question "why?" Daniel, however, takes her question literally, and takes it upon himself to answer her query, and answers with "maybe he thought you were ugly". The intention of this video is to highlight 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. This type of behaviour is shown in the book where Mrs Alexander said to Christopher "I have a grandson your age". Christopher, much like the boy in this video, takes the comment literally and replies with "My age is 15 years and 3 months and 3 days".
This video shows a boy named Fixer Dwaynne Way, 22, from South Wales who has Asperger syndrome - a form of autism. Using this film, he wants other young people to understand the nature and impact of autism. It shows that people with Asperger syndrome are exactly like everyone else, however they think and act a bit differently to most other humans. They look the same and have the same desires as we have. Autism is described in this video as a "Hidden illness" due to the fact that no body really knows how it is caused. Autism is a disorder of neural development. People with autism are normal people, they eat, they sleep, they can be happy or sad. The only difference is that they sometimes think talk or act in a particular way, and piece together every day activities in a certain manner.
This video is presented and narrated by actor Hugo Weaving. This animation looks at the key characteristics of autism experienced by his 16-year-old nephew Ky Greenwood. Hugo weaving describes Ky's childhood and teenage years as "challenging", because he wasn't able to communicate with anyone. His sensory cells in the brain were getting overloaded with sounds and actions which made him act differently, as autistic people do, which resulted in most people disliking him during his time in school. Hugo weaving also stated that later on in life, Ky is going to learn a lot more, get a job, find love and figure out how to express his feelings. This shows that as you get older, you go through a "coming of age", much like others without autism. Today, Ky is going through late teenage years and adolescence. Ky is very obsessed with games, as it protects him from the social rules and rituals of the real world. While other kids are gaining friends and understanding social values, Ky just doesn't get it. He can not simply go up to someone and say “Hi, How you going”, and this leads to him being left feeling awkward, isolated and scared, much like anybody else would be if they felt the same way. Ky is much like Christopher, as he doesn't like to chat and feels rather awkward in social situations. This is a common effect of autism.
This article is an explanation about why Autistic people dont like hugging anyone, or simply being touched. It explains how the development of the brain is interfered with a syndrome called "fragile X". Doctors believe they may have discovered why many people with autism don't like to be touched or hugged even by their parents. They believe people with "Fragile X Syndrome" (The most main cause for autism) have a differently developed brain. It is proven that there is a critical period during late development where the brain becomes very plastic and is changing rapidly. All of the elements of this rapid development have to be co-ordinated so that the brain becomes wired correctly and therefore functions properly. People with Fragile X syndrome suffer from "tactile defenses" (behavioural and emotional responses), and become anxious and socially withdrawn. These people wont look people in the eyes, they wont hug their parents, and they are hypersensitive to touch and sound. This relates to Christopher, as he does not like being touched. In the book he and his father have a special tradition with their hands to replace the action of hugging as he does not like it.
This video shows an autistic child walking through the shopping centre with his mother. It illustrates the amount of sounds, noises movements etc that autistic people really feel. It also represents the behaviour that comes with autism and develops sympathy for the audience, so they know what it feels like to have autism. In this clip, the child walks through a shopping centre, whilst noticing a considerable amount of actions that a normal human being would not. Whilst noticing these noises, the child's breathing gets heavier, he starts to make a noticeable amount of noises and he starts shaking his head around. The reason why the child is doing these things is because he is noticing so many different things and hearing everything at the same volume, which, he quotes, makes his head feel like it is about to explode. This video makes you aware of the types of things autistic people see and pay attention to, yet also raises awareness for their behaviour in public. Autistic people behave like any other human would if they were in this boys situation. This relates to the book because it shows that there is a reason behind all autistic peoples behaviour, much like there is definitely a reason for Christopher's "inability" to chat.
This video shows an autistic teenage girl with PDD (Pervasive developmental disorder), OCD (Obsessive compulsory disorder) and ADD (attention deficit disorder) refusing to brush her teeth after her mother has asked several times. It also shows some behavioural issues that come with autism, such as hitting, spitting and yelling. In this video, the mother of this child, repeatedly asks her daughter to brush her teeth, to which she gets slapped and spat at. Firstly, you can argue that the reason why she doesnt like brushing her teeth is because she may not like the feel, sound, taste etc of brushing her teeth. These are common occurrences of autism and should be understood by the mother. She probably isn't trying to be difficult, but could be doing what anyone would do when they are being forced to do something they don't like. Brushing teeth for us is a way of keeping clean, and making our mouth feel fresh, but for her, it could be the equivalent of rubbing steel spikes on your gums. This is one behavioural issue that could come with autism and that is the fact that some people don't like brushing their teeth. On the other hand, this video shows the daughter hitting and spitting at her mother. Unfortunately, this is another behavioural issue that comes with autism that is unacceptable. However for her it is probably her way of communicating with her mother and telling her that she doesn't want to do it. These are both examples of behavioural issues that autistic people can have, and are much like the behavioural issues Christopher has in the book.