Autism Is Not a Behavioral “Problem”

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One thing people do not seem to get when it comes to people on the spectrum is that they literally cannot help certain behaviors, and they do not necessarily respond the same way as regular children or adults do to given situations or requests, depending on how they are delivered. To expect them to do so would be equivalent to expecting a blind student to look at you when you speak to her, or a deaf child to listen up or a man in a wheelchair to walk over to you. There is a tendency to think that the issues surrounding people on the spectrum are “simply” behavioral; however, there is a powerful underlying neurology that affects that behavior and the way they interact with the world and other people.

As a consequence, the situation in our schools is, for those of us who understand what is really going on…

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Author: yarnandpencil

I'm a Christian on the autistic spectrum blogging about life and my art/craft practice.

7 thoughts on “Autism Is Not a Behavioral “Problem””

  1. There really does need to be more training for teachers working with autistic children, as well as more implemented support for the children. I was a teacher before I had my children, and I feel I had little in the way of training for working with pupils who were on the spectrum.

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  2. Yes, girls seem to slip through the system when they are children. Autism can then manifest itself in the way of depression/anxiety/self-harm. These poor girls could be spared from these things, if only there was more training in place to not only support those with a diagnosis, but to help diagnose in the first place.

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  3. Too often I find myself in collisions with what appears to be the tacit assumption that “acting normal” is some sort of cure for autism. Closely related to this is what appears to be the implied “I’m cool with you being autistic as long as you act like a normal person.” When mixed with the widespread tendency for pretty much everybody to see themselves as paragons of normalcy, you have the makings of some truly lowbrow comedy.

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    1. Thank you. Hmm… The more I learn about myself the more I need to be ‘quirky’ to feel contented. I’ve lately withdrawn from society to quite an extent which really helps. Getting older has its positives! Trying to act normal becomes increasingly exhausting and no one appreciates it anyway (which ever way it’s viewed).

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