This article is written by a psychologist who has experience with Asperger's. It is primarily about Asperger's, what it is and all the symptoms of Asperger's. It is broken down into four different sections that are: What is Asperger's syndrome, Aspects of the diagnosis, Characteristics of Asperger's syndrome and Tony's perspective. In the section 'Characteristics or Asperger's syndrome the first point states that some children with AS start school with academic abilities above their grade level, this links in with the novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' as the main character Christopher is many years above his own academically as he is doing grade A mathematics. This is evident in chapter 71 where Christopher says ''All the other children at my school are stupid." and in chapter 97 where he says "... I'm going to do my A level maths next month. And I'm going to get an A grade." These two extracts from the novel and the website are similar as they both display the idea that children with Asperger's are very intelligent and above their grade academically.
This video was put together by an organisation called ASPECT (Autism Spectrum Australia) and it is asking people ranging from a senior consultant to parents of Autistic children to Asperger's children what autism means to them. Each person interviewed has a different perspective to each other. a father of an autistic boy says at 0:01:28 'Its very difficult for a child with autism to understand whats happening around them, what people think.' In the novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time'' the main character Christopher who we can assume to be on the spectrum does not understand whats going on around him when he finds the dead dog in his neighbor's yard, when his father continuously tells him not to investigate the death of the dog and when he is told by a neighbor that his mother is having an affair, he does not understand the significance of the actions of his mothers' and that his father is trying to protect him from a bigger problem than just a dead dog.
In this article a blogger is explaining to the reader how she deals with Asperger's, however this blogger is not on the spectrum. She will receive emails from people who are on the Autistic spectrum. In the article she breaks down her strategy into three part being, Don't talk if possible, Don't use a phone and Don't tell jokes. In the third section 'Don't tell jokes' she continues to say that they cant understand most jokes and you would have to say jokes of the caliber of a ten year old. This section relates to the novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' as Christopher, the protagonist, is on the Spectrum and does not like jokes. In chapter 13 he says "I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them." The blogger was spot on with her judgment that they don't usually understand jokes.
This article is informing the reader on what it is like to parent a child with Asperger's syndrome. It is broken down into a few different topics being the emotional, intellectual and social outcome for the child with Asperger's, limited parenting skills and neuro-typical child reactions. Within the outcome for the child with Asperger's it states that they don't have an impulse control over themselves, including their own anxiety and meltdowns. In the novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' Christopher, the main character, does not have control of himself when he has meltdowns or when he has an anxiety attack. This is evident throughout the novel from start to finish such as when he was being arrested, " I didn't like him touching me like this. and this is when I hit him", and later on when he was reading the letters from his mother that his father hid from him, "Then he touched me on my shoulder a little bit but i didn't move." here Christopher was in such a state of mind he had no control over himself and conscious thought.
In this video a young adult who is on the Autism spectrum and he describes what it is like to have Autism and what he would like to be and do. He explains that he wants to be a responsible adult and a boy, he also states that he has fascination with things that boys do such as cartoons, comics, DVD's, action-figures and drinking soda. However he also repeatedly says that he wants to be a responsible adult. This theme of being a responsible person co-insides with the novel 'The Curious Indecent of the Dog in the Night Time' as the main character Christopher takes it upon himself to investigate who killed the dog, this decision was made because he wants to be a reasonable boy. It says in the novel "I decided that i was going to find out who killed Wellington...". this shows that Christopher was a responsible boy and took it upon himself to go out and solve the mystery of who killed the dog.
In this video a young boy who has autism give a description of what its like to have been diagnosed with autism and what it is like to have autism, he give three main points being what causes autism, people with autism have fixations on objects or subject and when you meet somebody you should always be kind because you don't know what the other person is dealing with. Within the second part of the video he states that when he was young he had a fixation on cars, he would watch the movie 'Cars' a few times a day, and now he has a fixation on art, video-games, reading and writing. This part of the video relates to 'The Curious Indecent of the Dog in the Night Time' as the novel is about a boy Christopher who finds his neighbor's dog dead, his mission that continues throughout the novel is to find the murderer and write a murder mystery novel about the dog's death. Christopher's subject that he is fixated on through out the novel is the murder mystery of the dog. this is evident in chapter 59 "then i decided to do some detective work." and then later on in chapter 109 "that night i wrote some more of my book...". the video is comparable to the novel as both protagonists have obsessions with something and are both deemed as 'on the spectrum'
In this article a mother describes whats is really like to raise a child with autism, but focuses her article on a trip to the park with her son Ben. In the sections of the article called ''autism tantrums are the best'' the mother explains what she has to go through when her son has a tantrum and what her reactions are to Ben's actions. In the sub-section she explains that he is very defensive when it comes to ingesting all but a few foods and drinks and when she offers him a carrot on a stick he has a tantrum. She continues pushing him along while he is flapping and wailing and he hits her in the face knocking her glasses off and making her tear up, she then proceeds to shout out, not directed at Ben but about him. This section of the article relates to 'The curious incident of the dog in the night-time' as, in the later stage of chapter 127 the main character Christopher and his father have a fight over Christopher book and the repercussions attached to it. His father gets angry and abuses Christopher physically and verbally. As Christopher does not like being grabbed he then hit his father like he had previously hit the policeman. When trying to understand the novel one should read this article as both extracts are similar as they both are conveying descriptions of autistic tantrums, what causes them and why different children who are different on the spectrum get triggered by different things such as being held or different foods or even not following the same routine each day.
In this poem the author has described his life with Asperger's via a poem. In his poem he presents problems that come with the disorder such as that he feels like an outcast as a result of having the disorder. In each line he says how he can feel, think or do about things as well, like when people laugh it makes him shrink. This poem relates to the book 'The curious incident of the dog in the night-time' as through out the book the main character Christopher thinks and feels similar thoughts and feelings as the boy has written in the poem, for example he doesn't like when people laugh like the boy who wants to shrink when people laugh, as well as Christopher thinks that everyone has a special need but not necessarily have special needs because they have a disability like needing glasses to see, just like the boy says "I am odd, I am new I wonder if you are too..." These two extracts are similar as they both are referring to people who haven't been diagnosed with a disability seeing if those people need any so called special needs.