When I saw this article, “People with Autism More Likely to Hear Colors, See Sounds” by Bahar Gholipour over at LiveScience, it brought back lots of memories about books like “Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant” by Daniel Tammet and “What Color is Monday: How Autism Changed One Family for the Better” by Carrie Cariello. Both well worth the read, just like the article.
I also noticed the link to a recent article I posted along those same lines, “For Kids with Autism, Sights and Sounds Are Disjoined“, didn’t work but this one does. Sorry about that!
I have to say that this is one study I wouldn’t have thought to help better understand autism. It’s being done in part with the American Humane Association and looking at autistic tendencies present in certain breeds of dogs.
Yep, you heard right, dogs. Anyway, you can read all about here, “2014 Newsletters Announcing the Launch of the Canines, Kids and Autism Study” at the American Humane Association website.
Whenever my son has a breakdown at school, like he did yesterday, I start looking for an answer. Chances are that maybe this study shows a piece of the puzzle at best.
Anyway, this article on a recent study over at Autism Speaks looked interesting. It may not be the answer for him but perhaps for others.
The article is entitled “Study Suggests Sight and Sound Out of Sync in Some with Autism“. The study is in the Journal of Neuroscience and the abstract can be found here.
Check your local library to see if they have access online or the journal in hard copy.
Food for thought!
When I first read this story, I did what most people did, I cried. Here’s the original post by Shanell Mouland at the GoTeamKate blog. Like I said, one person at a time.
We too did this back when my son was in fourth grade and it turned out to be a blessing. Unlike the article “Meeting Matthew” by Paul Roud at Teaching Tolerance, my son was out of the room at the time (which for him, worked out well). What I remember most is how his teacher tole me that a lot of his classmates said “so that’s why he…”. Fortunately we had the support of a local group now called Life Skills here in St. Louis and they made it very easy to do.
As I’ve said before and I truly believe, it takes a village to raise a child. It’s well worth the investment.
Okay, I know that my son’s future is still ahead of him and I certainly hope I’ll be there for a lot of it but, this article hit really close to home for me. The article is entitled “Dad Recalls Growing Understanding of Autism” by Joe Robertson at the Kansas City Star via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
It’s an article about a father and his son growing up in a time when there was little known about autism. While my son was diagnosed back in the early in 2004 (officially at the age of 5) and so more has been discovered, it feels like there is still a lot more to learn about autism.
So why the article does perhaps give rise to some of my fears, it also keeps me hopeful.