This evidenced by the stating the differences between the different types of autism and research behind it. The second chapter, “The Great Continuum”, goes over the diagnosis of autism and how there is a great variety of how autism effects children and adults differently. Grandin go over in detail about how autism, Asperger’s, disintegrative disorder, pervasive mental disorder all have their own differences that require a
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.”
The movie shows how despite all the challenges thrown at her due to the pre-conceived norms and limitations surrounding Autistic children at that time, she emerges as a brilliant innovator. She excels throughout High school and college and even earns a doctorate degree. She not only embraces her stigma, but clearly shows how Autism has been a
Imagine scrolling through Netflix, you decide on a show, when you start to watch it you realize; there are no women, so you switch shows again, and again with no luck. Women would feel a little left out. That is the reality for many autistic children all around the world, until now. Sherrie Westin, Sesame Street’s executive vice president has spent the last few years thoughtfully creating Julia, Sesame Street’s new autistic representative. It wasn’t all elementary, after controversy regarding Julia’s gender, discussing her skills, symptoms, and difficulties and thinking over whether or not introducing Julia would make bullying towards children with special needs better or worse,
Raymond Babbitt is a man with savant syndrome, a severe mental disability like Asperger’s yet with an extraordinary mathematical ability. This rare condition may occur with other developmental disabilities or nervous system injury or diseases. Maybe one in ten autistic patients has these remarkable abilities to a variety of degrees. ‘While J. Landon Down included 10 such cases in his original description of this interesting circumstance in 1887, and Kanner included some such cases in his first accounts of early infantile autism in 1943, the 1989 movie Rain Man made “autistic savant” a household term (Treffert,
However, I do believe I gained more insight into the minds of people who struggle with this disorder and how it can affect family members. The prologue of this book captivates the reader’s interest almost immediately. It really sets the stage for what comes next. The
Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that makes social interactions difficult and uncomfortable. Through the outlook of Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy with Aspergers, Mark Haddon opens eyes to the difficulty of someone with Aspergers to effectively socialize and communicate. Throughout the novel, the reader grows to understand the severity of Christopher 's autism, since he has trouble understanding other people, dealing with new environments, and making decisions readily. However, Christopher still has the desire to be independent and shows this by rebelling against his father, lying, and disobeying his father 's orders and rules. Christopher 's struggle to become independent involves him ultimately gaining the self-confidence needed to move beyond his comfort zone and visit his mother in London.
"My idea of blindness came from the movies… A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to” (261), a quote by Raymond Carver in his short story, “The Cathedral” about being judged before getting to know someone. A blind man, named Robert, got judged by the narrator, also known as Bub because he based Robert on the idea media placed on the blind during their time. The theme of this story does not always believe stereotypes are the way people truly are. The theme speaks to me because my younger brother, Andrew, has autism and he is constantly being judged and criticized for his behavior.
I think Mark Haddon’s purpose in writing this book was to let the reader step into another person's shoes. It’s not about a boy with Asperger's, a type of autism, but to be in a boy’s stance where he is very intelligent but cannot feel anybody’s emotions. It is about finding how to feel the way someone does without interaction. This book is narrated by a young fifteen-year old who lets the reader feel and understand what he is thinking, seeing and feeling. The author explains how he has written this book to have a “simple language, a carefully shaped plot and invites you to enter someone else’s life”(Haddon).
Today, there are many disabilities; both children and adults suffer from. Some are permanent while others are able to cure themselves and become better. When a parent discovers their child is diagnosed with a type of syndrome, such as a form of autism, they become overwhelmed and guilty knowing their children will grow up differently. The main character in the novel “The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime “Christopher, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. Asperger’s comes along with a wide range of consequences.
As mentioned before, the people that I do know that have a mental illness never talked about it since I did not ask. I built this idea that people with depression, anxiety, etc. all went through the same thing and after this course I understand that having a mental illness is always experienced differently within each individual. It was my fault for not doing more research or talking to people, but I’m glad that this course taught me about the uniqueness of mental health. This was also a challenge for me, about not knowing that much about what was being discussed so I did not have much to say during class.
This disorder tends to cause controversy because most people do not understand the mindset of a person who suffers from the disorder. The novel provides an insight into the thought processes and feelings a person can experience when suffering from Asperger. After reading this book, I gained a better comprehension on the psychological and behavioral aspects that control the neurological processes of the brain. I personality do not have a back ground in understanding Asperger syndrome other than explanations provided from medical studies. The writing style of this story, especially when Christopher gets anxious or nervous, really explains all the thought processes a child must go through relying on every explanation of a scenario to explain a simple situation.
(Armstrong 2014). The individual can also be affected even after leaving the gang. After all in society labelling persons becomes a trend. Even if the person decides that they are changing their life and try to make a difference society will label them as a “gangster”. Along with this turning, a new leaf becomes difficult because fitting into a normal life becomes a task, finding a job that will accept your past or even a spouse that will do so as well.
In Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill”, the protagonist isn’t just a woman who is a bit antisocial, but is actually a high functioning autistic person. The three main symptoms of this form of autism are; “social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges, and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors”. Throughout the story Miss Brill exhibits each of these symptoms multiple times, and when she is presented with a chance to communicate with anyone. She is swayed by her disorder, and her actions are chosen for her. The first sign that Miss Brill is suffering from a disorder is when she is sitting around the park on the bench, and isn’t communicating with anyone.
Award winning film, De regels van Matthijs (Matthew’s laws) takes the viewers through an emotional rollercoaster ride as the director, Marc Schmidt tells the story of his friend, Matthijs, who is an Asperger’s syndrome sufferer. Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder. The sufferer has significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interest. Matthijs, like any other sufferer, lives in a drastically different world and has his own standard of procedures. In the heart-wrenching film, we see how Matthijs struggles with frustration and helplessness when nobody seems to understand his behavior or when things do not go his way.