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Scifidwarf  (Level: 138.0 - Posts: 249)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 7:56 AM


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.

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  (Level: 194.4 - 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  (Level: 165.3 - 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  (Level: 194.4 - 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:

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