This picture is a very simple explanation of symptoms of Asperger's. There are many symptoms listed on here that seem similar to those on the Autism Spectrum. Symptoms seen in children with Asperger's are things like finding it hard to make friends, having trouble understanding others feelings, avoiding eye contact and being clumsy or awkward. These symptoms on this picture we can relate to Christopher in the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In the book when Christopher is documenting his life, we are able to see some of these symptoms such as avoiding eye contact and wanting to be alone rather than talking to people. When we are able to understand these symptoms we can better understand why Christopher is seen to be placed on the spectrum.
One of the major differences between Asperger’s Syndrome and autism is that, by definition, there is no speech delay in Asperger’s. This website named 'The Autism Society' explains the history of Asperger's, characteristics and diagnosis. Within characteristics, there is an explanation of how it is different to Autism. The website says that the main difference between Autism and Asperger's is that there is no speech delay with Asperger's therefore it is harder to understand if your child may suffer from it. Other characteristics of Asperger's is obsessiveness, order and lack of eye contact or concentration. Other characteristics of Asperger's is that they may understand humour or sarcasm but rather are not able to understand and average conversation. When the website goes onto diagnosis, they show that to know if your child has Asperger's they will in fact have a perfect intelligence and speaking ability. The website has provided many support materials and tests so parents to do not have to suffer and feel as though they have somewhere to go if they feel their child may show these symptoms.
Krister Palo is a 15-year-old student at the International School of the Hague who just happens to have Asperger's syndrome. In his talk, he shares that he was always threatening people with weapons and threatening to hurt people. He was then shortly diagnosed with Asperger's after his family realized something wasn't right. Krister states that people with Asperger's are generally stereotyped to be clever. He tries to prove this wrong by saying that stepping out of the circle allows people to broaden their horizons. If we stop generalizing and treat people who may have Asperger's the same then, they will be able to see the world as we see it.
Benjamin Tarasewicz, a high-schooler with autism, provides inspirational stories and tips for reaching out to people with “differences". He starts off by letting us know that people who don't know anything about Autism, rather than learning tease and call names. During the video Benjamin tells a joke, explaining that many people who are on the spectrum have different talents, his being able to tell jokes. Benjamin tells the audience what Autism is and how it affects a persons life. Autism affected his life as he wasn't able to talk and therefore learnt sign language, playtime was never a thing because toys were a mystery and everything he had to learn had to be broken down into small increments so he could understand better. Benjamin elaborates to say that one of the best thing to help overcome Autism is being believed in and helped through kindness. Lastly Benjamin explained that when he was invited to talk about his issues, he realized that education was the best way to help people understand what it's like. He started getting invited to places, he got asked out to the school dance and he made friends. His overall message is to teach or to educate because without people knowing what it's like they will never act upon what they should.
This website is for parents to read and understand signs of autism. They have listed the top 10 msot common signs for children with Autism. Some of the signs are peculiar toy habits, sensitive to sounds and speech or non verbal delays. The writers of this website have expressed that just because they have written these specific does not mean they are generalising although these are the common signs they have seen in children.
This website, Autism Awareness is a website about what Autism is and how these specific people of Autism Awareness Australia are trying to improve the lives of all Australian's on the Autism spectrum. Autism Awareness tries to empower parents and children with information about Autism. They ensure families are able to be supported and provided with the right information.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment. The article and video is an explanation of the spectrum of Autism. They have interviewed parents that have had to deal with the understanding Autism. The mother and article together explain the spectrum of Autism explaining that they dont evaluate children based on how well they can read or write as their needs and abilities are different. More or less they are evaluated by temper and ways of acting. Something we can take from this is that we must never look at someone and think they're Autistic but rather hope that they can overcome what they have and learn and be accepted in the world. As the mother in this video said, she really hopes her children are able to get jobs despite their issues.
Autism poem, I Am Ethan is a touching, insightful poem which describes for us what it's like to be an autistic child written by Kelly Graham for her son, Ethan. It explains the reasons why her son sometimes runs differenttly, or maybe why he can't sit still in his seat. The mother, Kelly makes sure to state in the poem that her child is not 'odd' or 'weird' but rather is unique and although you may not understand the way he feels or why he performs his actions. In the poem she continues to explain that although you may not understand him however; you will never have a dull day around him.