Autistic teens will often get discouraged in school, because the abnormality of their behavior which leads others to believe that they are incapable of learning--if this has not convinced the person themselves. One autistic teen has spoken out about this very behavior at school, “ I thought I was stupid, because I was always getting bad grades, doing dumb stuff, or freaking out in a panic attack”(Understanding Our Gifted and Complex). The person goes on about the details of his school life, even stating that regardless of his high IQ score and his exceptional reading skills that surpassed his upperclassman, his class--including himself--thought of him as a fool. Although this teen is lucky enough to have his family's support during this ordeal …show more content…
In the 1980’s, about 40 years after being classified with the term “ autistic psychopathy”, autism had been identified with the term “ infantile autism” , officially being disassociated with childhood schizophrenia. Some years later, autism was brought to public attention when the movie Rain Man. Rain man is a film about an autistic savant who displays autistic behaviors while performing astoundingly well in specific activities. Though critics states that the film combines savant syndrome--the ability to perform phenomenal talents and abilities with mental disabilities--and ASD--autistic syndrome disorder--together as a single disorder instead of two independent ones, Rain man was the first time the autistic community was represented in the media and …show more content…
Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician, also made the remark that those diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome are “ little professors”, because of their extensive vocabulary and their habit to “lecture” about their knowledge (What Genius and Autism have in Common). Those with Asperger's are also known for their great attention to detail, which is one of the desired qualities for success in young prodigies. Parallel to this, there have been other young autistic prodigies, such as a child beginning to speak at just three months old, stopped for eighteen months,then started again around the age of two, and another who became a math whiz and wrote a paper that was accepted to publish into a mathematics journal at just 13-years-old. These accomplishments alone are not enough to uncover the whole spectrum of abilities and talents those with autism have to hold or the potential to hold, but it showcases the opportunities that autistic people may have in the intellectual community. With all these accomplishments in place, none would have been made into reality if not for the influences of others. Temple Grandin, animal professor at Colorado State University and autism activist, shows a great example of this as she thanks the many people in her life who have help
Born on a Blue Day, a memoir, by Daniel Tammet, provides an enlightening view into the mind of a 27-year-old British savant with Asperger’s syndrome impairing Tammet's ability to cogitate conceptually, deviate from routine, commiserate, and interact with others yet, he is able to perform prodigious feats of anamnesis and mental arithmetics. Tammet discerns that he is quaint in the eyes of other even stating “Often autism is portrayed in the media as a very negative condition. . .” albeit he mounts himself aloft stereotypes and discloses that ediosyncrinces are what make us human while apprising his experience of discovering his eccentricity, encased in disabilities. To illustrate this, Tammet articulated “. . .the
These disturbances are not better explained by intellectual disability or global developmental delay . Furthermore, not until in 1943, when Leo Kanner published his paper ‘Autistic Disturbance of Affective Contact’ were people identified and recognised with a similar definition of what we consider autism to be today . However, for many years Autism Spectrum Disorder was included under the umbrella term of schizophrenia and beforehand they were classified as simply having mental retardation . Consequently, throughout
Autism in psychology is a mental condition characterized by great difficulty in communicating with others and in using language and abstract concepts (Fredericks, 2008). The book “There’s a boy in here” the author is Judy Barron and Sean Barron. It recounts a strange point by a mother and her son, passing the painful years the son underwent through the painful years and the son suffered from autism and his remarkable convalesce. Ron and Judy were a young couple that gave birth to a son who had very different emotional needs. Rob and Judy Barron’s first born child was autistic.
The portrayal of the movie Rain Man lead to the stereotype that boys with autism are better at numeracy than literacy. In the movie, “Rain Man,” the main character, Raymond, is an autistic man who can quickly calculate complicated mathematical problems in his head with accuracy. This is an exaggerated stereotype that leads to the belief that all boys with autism have some sort of special talent. Jesus is on the spectrum and is no genius. He is in high school and does not know how to spell his own name.
One of the first movies that brought awareness to autism spectrum disorder, was the 1988 film Rain Man. Portrayed by Tom Cruise, Charlie Babbitt is an arrogant and selfish Los Angeles car dealer who struggles with financial insecurities after struggling to import foreign cars for his clients. After his father’s death, the will leaves Charlie with an old car and a few rose bushes, while the rest of the 3 million dollar estate is given to an unknown trustee. After careful investigation, Charlie discovers that he has a brother, whom will inherit the rest of the estates fortune. This brother, Raymond Babbitt as portrayed by Dustin Hoffman, is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and is an autistic savant.
Personal attitudes towards people with a disability would have strongly influenced the town of Endora’s behaviour to Arnie. Music played in the film was soft and may have been used to make the audience feel sympathy towards Arnie because he has a disability. However, Hallstrom’s analysis of people with autism cannot be completely accurate as in the film it never recognises that people with autism are highly intelligent in the creative field. Recent studies are shown that the way people perceive creativity and people with autism should be reconsidered. The research article concludes that the authors found that “Autistic people tend to be superior to non-autistic people in many tasks that require processing large amounts of information, picking out details of objects or scenes, or detecting changes in the environment.”
These frequent small digressions give a raw representation of a highly functioning autistic boy, because it exhibits Christopher’s extraordinary knowledge, but also shows that he is uncomfortable in social situations. He would rather think logically
“Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a neurobiological disorder on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum.” (“What is Asperger Syndrome?” 2017). In the book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, written by Mark Haddon, a child named Christopher Boone, who has Asperger’s, is faced with many situations that bewilder him. This book has allowed the world to be more aware of children with Asperger’s, it gives insight into the life of Christopher Boone and you see how he thinks and how he deals with difficult situations and how he does not let his syndrome be a roadblock. Mark Haddon portrays Christopher as a strong young boy, not through his determination to solve mysteries, but because he uses Asperger’s as a tool to work his way
In the release of the DSM-5, autism and autism spectrum disorder fall under the same category to be diagnosed as ASD (What is). A person who has autism could have the signs and symptoms such as lack of interest with others, preoccupation with a specific topic of interest, a strong need for sameness and routines, sensory problems, uneven cognitive abilities etc. These symptoms and signs vary widely between every individual. Individuals with autism can share the same diagnosis but can be different when it comes to the abilities and behavioral tendencies. Ten percent of autistic people can have a special skill called a “savant” skill where they excel in areas such as mathematics, have feats of memory, and artistic and musical abilities (Autism).
Purpose: The purpose of this speech is to persuade a parent whose child has received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder to provide their child with critical early life intervention therapy as well as educate the parent on ABA therapy in addition to touching on a handful of other possible therapies. After delivering this speech, I want my audience to understand why early intervention will provide their child with the best chance of matriculation into society later in life. I want to prompt every audience member to research further therapies available as treatment for their child’s disorder and ultimately decide to enroll their child in a therapy. Intended Audience: My perfect audience would be parents and family members in relation to a young child, between the ages of eighteen months and three years old, that has recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Imagine being viewed by the world as different. Wouldn’t you want the people around you to understand? A 12-year-old boy diagnosed with autism was told he was not equal to his classmates. He had a hard time identifying social cues and a difficult time speaking, thus he was labeled “weird” and “an outsider”.
Despite having autism, he was able to understand given math problems, knows how to spell words perfectly, and had a pretty big vocabulary for his age. However, he saw a word he didn 't know he got really frustrated. He felt very confused and felt that he was inferior to the other kids for not knowing a few words. His school work was like every other normal kid, about average. When it came to school work that required reasoning, he became utterly confused on the given assignment and decides to give up on 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
Social interaction problems arise when persons with autism find it very difficult to mingle. Problems associated with interaction include finding it difficult to establish and maintain friendship, lack of interest in people, withdrawing oneself from other people, not paying attention in anything, being distant, and difficulty in expressing one’s feelings and emotions. Social imagination is being able to understand a person’s behavior, thoughts, feelings, and a person’s creativity. People with autism find it hard in imagination due to problem such as general imagination difficulty, trouble in comprehension of future events, challenge in shifting to new and unfamiliar situations, and finding it difficult to understand other person’s feelings, actions, and thoughts. Autism in the Inclusive Classroom Inclusive classroom entails bringing of students with and without disabilities together in school to access education in a general class.