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scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 7:56 AM

AUTISM

I had to attend an Autism conference yesterday for work and I was amazed at how much I didn't know. I always thought that it was something inborn but that is not always the case. It can come on as late as age 3 or 4.

If anyone would like more information about it here are some links that I received yesterday. A great deal of autistic children attend the mainstream class now so it may be useful information if you ever have an autistic student in classroom.

http://www.autismspeaks.org/
http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer
http://www.autism.com/ari/
http://www.ianproject.org/

These Web sites help you find local clinics and support groups. They also give a lot of information on how to deal with autism.




fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 5th Oct '08 10:45 PM

We had an autistic student at (national tutoring chain). He was amazing. He could quote entire books, movies, and tv shows. Sometimes if you asked him a direct question, he would respond with, "This has been a production of the Public Broadcasting Service and viewers like you."

It was amazing to watch him transform from a student who frequently threw fits and wandered the building to one who could work at a table with 2 other students just like everybody else and followed directions. Such a sweet kid.

quackinator
Quackinator  (Level: 168.2 - Posts: 151)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 10:30 PM

I stumbled across a great documentary called "Autism:The Musical". It showed the struggles of several autistic students at various places on the spectrum, as well as the struggles of their parents, as they worked with a drama coach to develop a musical presentation. Catch it on HBO if you can!

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 9th Oct '08 12:22 AM

My BFF recommended a book called Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin. Temple is autistic but has gone on to get her PhD. I haven't read the book yet, but I'm sure it would be a fascinating look from the inside.

Here's her website:

http://www.templegrandin.com/



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