Autism & Aspergers
Some of the most notable autistic traits that a neurotypical person encounters when meeting autistic people is greeting. These issues are also the first to be adressed when community identifies someone as non-standard and later on autistic. Trainig an autistic person to greet is among first educational and rehabilitation goals when treatment is provided, but also the most pointless one.
Aspies and people on the autism spectrum in general are known for perceiving social relations in a different way. One of the hallmarks of autism is a difference in making friends. While neurotypical community sees this as a serious obstacle for normal life, aspies themselves do not share their opinion.
Those of you who have read my previous posts have probably got a feeling I am over-glorifying autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. There’s not a single article in which I would not state how having Asperger’s can be awesome, how autistic people have special talents and amazing abilities. These statements, however, have to be considered in a context. I know all to well that living with autism, either as an autistic person or a caregiver is a struggle. But being through what I have been I have no other option than to take a stand that I am taking.
Most autism parents at some point come across the idea of cannabis. Whether it is presented to them as a cure if they’re still looking for one or they’re willing to try it to help them cope with some of less pleasant aspects of autism. And by that I mean improve quality of life of the family, not merely get high and be carefree for a while, what one might have thought reading the previous sentence. Let’s investigate a bit.
There’s nothing quite like spring evening. The almost full moon. The sound of crickets all around me. The opulent fragrance of lilac in my garden.
After stating that Asperger’s Syndrome is not a disorder (which I am still claiming), I received a lot of negative criticism from certain groups of people. I noticed that not everyone fully understands the connotations of such claims.
Let me get one thing straight: vaccines do not cause autism. That is an urban legend which has been around for a while and has been since proven wrong. The origin of such myth is rather complex and I do not feel the need to examine it at this point. I am more interested in the consequences of such prejudice.
I have recently came across a non-profit organization devoted to curing autism. Literally.