Explaining autism

Many years ago, while my son was still in elementary school, I decided to have  someone explain autism to his classmates. So I got in touch with a local autism group called Judevine (in St. Louis) and set up a time for someone there to speak to his class.

I still remember his teacher saying to me, the students later said, “so that’s why he does that“. It was probably one of the best decisions I ever made in regards to his education. So when I came across this video, I was reminded of that. It’s entitled “Little Boys Touching Video Explaining His Autism to His Classmates Goes Viral“. Definitely worth watching.

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Autism Librarian

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Good doctor reviewed

So I finally watched an episode of the Good Doctor and I must admit it was pretty good. I can usually tell a good movie or show for me when I turn away because I’m so into it. In fact, the episode I watched had the preview for the final episode at the end and I must admit it sounded pretty good.

Now why I talked about the show in a previous post entitled The good doctor, here’s another review of the show entitled “How ABC Found a Surprise Hit in ‘The Good Doctor’” over at the New York Times. Now that I’ve watched an episode of it, I would say it’s definitely worth watching.

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Autism Librarian

Bookstore autism

Reading this article took me back to my day’s of working in a bookstore. In fact my boss was the one in charge of kids books but it seems like every so often I was back there. I remember the Babysitter’s Club books because it seemed like they had a new one every few months.

So imagine my surprise when I learned there was in fact one on autism. It was volume #32 entitled Kristy and the Secret of Susan. The article here is entitled “How the ‘Babysitter’s Club’ Started a Lifetime of Learning About Autismby Emily Kircher-Morris over at The Mighty. Who knew it would start my lifetime of learning about autism as well.

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Autism Librarian

 

Anxiety and girls

Anxiety. Such a heavy word for many people, including me. Like I’ve said in the past, I think we’re all on the spectrum, I think we all have anxiety. The difference is that it manifest’s itself differently for everyone.

This article, entitled “When Girls with Autism Mask How They’re Feeling” by J.L. Dark over at The Mighty, talks about those with autism and anxiety. Now I know my daughter has anxiety, the question to me has always been, is she on the spectrum?

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Autism Librarian

 

 

The future

So as the father of a young man who is now out of high school and looking to find what his future might hold, I thought these two articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (my local paper) might be worth reading. The first is entitled “Autism makes life after high school a struggle for the ‘Mayor of Parkway West’ ” by Kristen Taketa. In a way, I’m living this story.

The other one is entitled “UMSL program gives students with intellectual disabilities a college experience ” by Ashley Jost. I’ve actually took my son up to UMSL to learn a little more about the program. Unfortunately, he’s not interested. We’ll have to wait and see if that changes at some point down the road.

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Autism Librarian

Special

I used that word a lot these days. Instead of saying my son has a disability, I say he has special abilities. Anyway, when I came across this article tonight I found it very interesting and I think the title fits well here.

It’s entitled You are Special! Now Stop Being Different” by Jonathan Mooney over at the New York Times. I mean to me, are we all special in one way or another. I frequently say when I ‘m talking about autism, really we’re all somewhere on the spectrum, just some more than others.

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Autism Librarian

Autism & jobs

So my son is out of high school but, now enrolled in a program with the Special School District of St. Louis County called the Vocational Skills Program or VSP, where the kids/adults learn both work and life skills.

Where my son goes from here, I am unsure of. Right now I’m looking to get him another chance to learn more job skills as a mechanic at a local automotive place called Combs Tires and I have to say what a great group of guys.

So I hope that more groups like the one mentioned in the article entitled “Nonprofit Wants to Create 130K jobs for People with Disabilities ” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop start to develop. We need more groups like Creative Spirit.

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Autism Librarian

Hollywood and autism

I found this article very interesting. To those of us with someone who is autistic or perhaps know someone who is autistic, there is a saying that goes when you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism. In other words, everyone with autism is different.

What this article points out is how many of the characters we see in movies and in television, that portray someone that is either autistic or on the spectrum, are in fact very similar. In turn, what that does is limits people understanding of autism.

The article is entitled “Is Hollywood’s Portrayal of Autism Fair” by Shaun Heasley over at Disability Scoop. Definitely worth the read for everyone.

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Autism Librarian