Saturday, October 13, 2007

Story Idea-Spectrum Awareness

This person wants more coverage on the Spectrum. This item was emailed to this blog.---AR
Hello! I am not exactly sure if this is what you want, but I will still try. The most important thing that I believe you should cover is the Spectrum itself. It is so massive and so varied. People always assume if there is a child with Autism that the child will always act like "Rainman".
My son just turned six. He was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. He is not "Rainman". No child on the Spectrum is the same. You can not say that your child does not have Autism because they don't spin wheels on cars or they look at you or they are affectionate. My son is extremely affectionate, although not appropriately (giving strangers hugs, etc.). However, my son can appear very, what we in the community call, "Neurotypical". It is just as author Patricia Romanowski Bashe stated, "…Are they indistinguishable from typical peers? It depends on who's looking and what they're looking for." This is very unfortunate considering some people just assume that these children are rude, defiant or that they have horrible parents.
The general population needs to deviate from this atrocious black and white depiction of Autism that is seared into their brains. These children need help. The parents need to be responsible and advocate for their children and everyone else should hop off the ignorance wagon and give the parents and most importantly the children, a break!
Thank you so much for your time!

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