Autistic characters are in several movies, but that does not mean that there is diversity in autism representation. Consequently, the similarity between the characters builds only one autistic as a reference of the disorder.
I was in elementary school when my youngest brother, Dominic, was born. The first two years of his life were filled with the average toddler developments: first words, first steps, first day of preschool. Now, almost a decade later, it is hard to remember when the shift happened in him—my mother used to tell me that it was like the light suddenly went out of his eyes. When my brother, Dominic, was diagnosed with Autism, my family and I were introduced into a whole new world that showed us how beautiful difference can be.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is a movie following two brothers, Gilbert and Arnie, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, showing their relationship to each other and with the rest of their family. It illustrates how they all cope with Arnie’s disability, and how they all interact with the rest of their community. Throughout the movie, the screenwriter uses the plot to get across the message of how difficult it can be to care for someone with such an extreme disability, effectively portray the communication disorder of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and show how the disorder affects the people around it.
Autism is a lifelong brain disorder that messes with the development of the brain and make it harder for a person to communicate and interact with others. Some other symptoms to autism is repetitive behaviors. Since Autism is a spectrum disorder people diagnosed will have similar problems, but their condition will affect them in different ways. It is also a spectrum disorder because not every child has the same problems. One child can
Character is the thing that defines a person. What you will do, what you will say, how you interact with the world. Admittedly, all of us have character. But, the character of Christopher is a very interesting and a complex one. In times, it feels as if he is an alien compared to everyone else. On the contrary, he also deals with problems and issues that are felt by every human on the planet, allowing the reader to feel empathy for him. His social tendencies show that he may suffer from a social disability. Despite this, Christopher goes on a journey, displaying courage and the benefits and the new beginnings that will happen. In addition, Christopher becomes much confident and a better and stronger person than he ever was. During his search he meets new people who become his friend resulting in unexpected answers to be brought to light. One of these are the reveal that Christopher’s mother was alive for the last two years. With this knowledge, Christopher goes to London and rekindle the relationships with his parents, resulting in a better life. All things considered, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is not just a simple murder mystery novel, but a book about the fears of everyday people, which when confronted with courage, can end with success.
Autism is a brain development disorder characterized by continuous problems in social communication and interaction, besides with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities. ASD stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder and can sometimes be referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder. As stated by the Medical News Today (2015), Autism Spectrum Disorder is a wide-spectrum disorder. This means that there will be no same people who will have the exact and same symptoms. And as well as experiencing altering combinations of symptoms, because some people will have mild symptoms while others will have severe ones. With the word spectrum, people with autism spectrum disorder may have challenges that may run the range from mild to severe, with different levels of ability and disability.
The three distinctive behaviours of Autism are: Repetitive behaviours, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction. When parents realize that their child has autism they should be emotionally strong. Being consistent in your child’s learning environment is very key to reinforce learning. Also they should be able to find non-verbal ways to communicate with their child. You just have to learn their language of communication. Human beings with autism have said that the world, to them, appears to be a mass of events, people and places which they contend to make sense of, and which can cause them considerable anxiety. To be specific relating and understanding to other people, and taking part in everyday social life and family may be a bit challenging for them. Other people appear to know, intuitively, how to communicate and interact with each other, and some people with autism may wonder why they are different. People with autism have challenges with both non-verbal and verbal language. Many of them have a literal understanding of language, and think people always mean exactly what they say. They find it often too difficult to understand: common phrases and saying, jokes and sarcasm and facial expressions or tone of voice. There are standard healthcare services designed to maintain the health and well-being of individuals with autism. They comprise of a wide range of treatments and therapies which are accepted and used by the majority of health care professionals. Service-based interventions include interventions supporting people with autism in education, employment and social care
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time can be seen as a Bildungsroman, which is also known as a coming of age novel. Christopher the main character undergoes many challenges, steps outside of his comfort zone, and adapts to the “adult” world. Christopher has a mental illness known as Aspergers which affects his ability to effectively socialize and communicate with others. In the novel he begins to learn about the real world and grows throughout finding out who killed a dog named Wellington.
In the novel, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, written by Mark Haddon, readers discern the correlation of events from the novel which display the protagonist’s behavior and illness. The protagonist, Christopher, is described to be suffering with a form of autism, Asperger’s syndrome. Asperger’s syndrome is not considered to be a diagnosis on its own, however, it’s part of a broader category called autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (Bhandari, 2016). Throughout the novel, numerous events are depicted that prompts readers to grasp the normalities of Asperger’s syndrome, many of which dawn from the common symptoms. For example, individuals with AS have average or above average intelligence, however, struggle with issues implicated
Autism- a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. Temple Grandin is most effectively when finding empathy for people who are different from a lot of people, but not less she should still be treated with equal respect.
His mind finds order to be soothing and he allows it to control his daily lifestyle. He detests touching, for it brings him to a state of panic, and Christopher relies on the order of colors and numbers to rule his life. Christopher describes the moment when he goes to jail when he says,"The policeman took hold of my arm and lifted me onto my feet. I didn't like him touching me like this. And this is when I hit him." Christopher, like many autistic people, loath touching, so when the policeman accidentally committed this act, Christopher assaults him landing him in jail. Autism causes trouble when people are unaware of it, and Christopher lands in trouble during the beginning of the novel. Christopher explains his system when he says,"...why 4 red cars in a row made it a Good Day, and 3 red cars in a row made it a Quite Good Day, and 5 red cars in a row made it a Super Good Day, and why 4 yellow cars in a row made it a Black Day, which is a day when I don't speak to anyone and sit on my own reading books and don't eat my lunch...I said that I liked things to be in a nice order." Christopher likes things in order because it is logical to him, specifically numbers. He lets the order of the number and colors of the cars he sees on his way to school determine whether the day will be good or bad day spent alone. Autism affects Christopher's daily life, lands him in trouble, and his determination
The sibling relationship is unique in that it lasts the longest of all human relationships. Sibling relationships afford unique opportunities for child development. Siblings are development tally important because of their emotionally uninhibited Relationships, the impact of sharing their parents, and their daily contact and familiarity (Dunn, 2005). Siblings are sources of support, amusement and fun as well as frustration and irritation for each other. They offer a way for children to develop cognitively and socially. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) represents a challenge to any family environment, particularly for typically developing (TD) children growing up with a sibling who has Autism. Research studies focused on families of children with
Autism the Musical is a documentary that followed the lives of five different children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and their families, as the children participate in creating and performing in a musical over a 22-week period. Autism the Musical is “real-life”, in that all of the scenes are candid, with each child starring as themselves, giving viewers the ability to see how ASD affects children from first hand accounts, without scripted scenes or actors. Elaine, the director of the musical, created a program called “The Miracle Project”, in which parents could enroll their child diagnosed with ASD to participate in the production. The goal of “The Miracle Project” was for children with
The symptoms of autistic disorder (often referred to as autism) includes a failure to develop a normal social relation with other people, impaired development of communicative ability, and the presence of repetitive stereotype behavior (Carlson 2013). The neurodevelopmental disorder that I select is autism. Many parents around the world are suffering and struggling with their kids. Most of those kids are nonverbal, and unable to communicate. Many Parents find it difficult to help control their kids’ tantrums. The kids have difficulty eating, sleeping, interacting with peers. It hard to say that Autism is for life I can’t imagine having a child with autism. Working with Autism and learning so much about it is gift. Autism is a disorder that produce repetitive behavior in a child and affects ability to socialize with others, and decreases their ability to communicate. Maino, Viola, & Donati, 2009). Stated that, Autism is a
There are many common diseases that modify the functions of the human body. Neurological diseases, for example, could affect anyone at any time. The worst kinds of neurological diseases are those which can affect the functions of the human brain. A well-known example is autism, and it has become a widespread disease among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 of every 68 children in the U.S would have autism spectrum disorder; moreover, the study shows that 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls would have autism spectrum disorder (1). Autism is a disorder in the nerves that makes the human brain socially inactive, and in order to understand it, several main aspects must be considered.