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By William Stillman

Mom and dad, caregivers and educators are frequently at a loss approximately how top to aid somebody with autism simply because they're beaten by means of "behaviors," inundated with prognoses and scientific jargon, or pressured by way of technical details. This publication introduces autism from a non-clinical, humanistic viewpoint emphasizing that we're all extra alike than diverse. the writer deconstructs the elemental parts of autism utilizing language, examples and anecdotes which are concrete and comprehensible for all. bolstered for the reader is the significance of listening conscientiously to what individuals are telling us approximately valuing ameliorations, own passions, communique, and holistic wellbeing. crew brainstorming workout actions are integrated.

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As Temple Grandin reminds us, when someone’s passions are valued and indulged, they are being encouraged to carve out their own creative niche that could possibly lead to vocation. I am not advocating that someone should engage in their passion for as many hours as they wish. Everyone has personal responsibilities to contribute and act upon within a structure and routine. However, one’s existence will be greatly mollified if elements of one’s passion transpire naturally throughout one’s day. The onus of creating strategies by building on passions does not fall upon the individual caregiver.

Beyond this, I also recommend encouraging participation in legitimate acting opportunities through local community theatre or school dramatic productions. Many people with autism or Asperger’s have found solace and a positive outlet through acting. Becoming another character holds great appeal – especially if you have damaged self-esteem – in that you get to become someone other than yourself temporarily. e. 32/ Demystifying the Autistic Experience you never say the “wrong” thing). Acting also offers the opportunity to learn more about “reading” body language and facial expressions in a controlled, objective context for those who are challenged by such details.

They may just be unable to communicate or express it, or it may be intensely private and personal; something they are unable (or unwilling) to share because it is all they have, and they can’t risk revealing something that makes them feel safe and comfortable. Too much of what enables people to feel safe and comfortable is chipped away by others. Yet all our professional, formal plans of documentation request this information in one form or another. People who know me are aware that I’m passionate about using passions as a means of engaging others.

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