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  •  I think this says it all (20+ / 0-)

    "...functions well and works as  Psychics teacher in a Vietnamese high school"

    Our children function so well in unique situations such as this.  They don't fit into a mould.  Try to pigeonhole them at your risk.

    I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

    by coquiero on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 04:31:55 PM PST

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    •  Not to stereotype but it is interesting (5+ / 0-)

      that many adults on the spectrum go into science and mathematics. I read an interesting article that there is a large amount of children in Silicon Valley with autism. The theory is that it might be hereditary and mom and dad working in the tech industry might just have it too.

      •  I think these fields tend to attract also (8+ / 0-)

        neurotypicals who are more tolerant of other people's brilliant quirkiness. So it's not just that spectrum adults enjoy the work in tech fields, but that the other people there are more supportive than the general population.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 12:19:56 PM PST

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      •  Both my husband and I would probably been aspie (1+ / 0-)
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        in the 1950s.  I have a theory, which came out of my head.  Guilty.  I did it.  I will do it again.

        Evolution, folks.  Autism is Nature's way of adapting to a favorable environment for receptivity to all input, not just what we choose to pay attention to. The 'spectrum' merely suggests the degree of  adaptation of the human brain to encompass wide ranging ability to absorb  different sensory input.  Autistic children are advanced enough that we don't yet have the tools to teach them to prioritize and translate their observatory powers into a form we can comprehend.  Most of us learn to respond appropriately to our environment. we are taught how to rank order threat/pleasure through our five senses.  As the speed of messages multiplied exponentially, it is logical to assume that the propensity for accurate, rapid interpretation of multiple, fragmented symbology is a successful adaptation. Leonard Schlain argues that the dominance of the written word is waning. The right brain, the empathic connector of dots and builder of connective systems is more advantageous.  

        I suspect the rise in autism all along the spectrum is  a result of the brain attempting to bring the right hand side up into balance with our overstimulated left side. After 2000 years of left brain dominance instilled by reading for education and communication, we think in straight lines. black & white.. Autistic kids see more than we do and think too fast. They see colored webs instead of railroad tracks. In 3D. Linear thinking patterns are no longer an evolutionary advantage.  Testosterone is no longer the default position...

        So the children who have no borders have problems falling back to the limited sensory communications of the rest of us.  I suspect that for them, it's like talking to a goldfish. It's easier and more restful  to focus on one thing, instead of  trying to figure out which of many  equal inputs are important.  They have no way to choose what to observe and what to ignore..

        The dilemma is that we don't have the tools to help them prioritize attention to an unlimited universe  input to pay attention to us.  Perhaps they aren't interested, too caught up in dancing on stars..
        I suspect, in the long run, autism will be recognized as an ability to be able to perceive communication in an intense and multi-dimensional awareness.  They process across a very wide spectrum, connecting dots we can't see. We haven't caught up with how to teach them to selectively  narrow their barrage of sensory inputs and compartmentalize them.   I suspect suburban cultural structure deprived Americans of the ability to integrate a multi-directional sensory hierarchy into symbol recognition processing. One is the loneliest number. And the most clueless.

        Med time! ;) Night......

        Joy shared is doubled. Pain shared is halved. Spider Robinson

        by nolagrl on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 11:15:42 PM PST

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