posted on Mar, 21 2014 @ 01:07 PM
reply to post by DrumsRfun
Back in 1998-2000 I worked at an Elementary School in the Multi-VE section, which stood for "varying exceptionalities" and we had a few "autistic"
kids in the class. Every kid in the class had some form of disability. I really enjoyed the job but the pay was horrible and I had 2 other jobs with
this one. I eventually left to go work at Lowes which was paying me double so I didn't need both weekend jobs. My mom still works at the school and
worked in Multi VE until a few years ago. She is in pre-k now and I think one kid has Downs Syndrome in the class.
The definition as I saw it was this. Kids who were non verbal, repetitive with certain things or they were stuck on one thing. Some were high
functioning meaning they could understand but their brain processed things differently, think Rain Main. There are so many varying degrees of autism
it's hard to really truly explain it.
For example one kid I worked with LOVE Thomas The Tank Engine and he for some reasoned like the X Files. He would call me Scully when I wore my
leather jacket. lol He would repeat the energizer bunny commercials over and over. He would rock back and forth but he didn't say much. Looking at
these kids you would never know they had anything like autism.
There are varying degrees of autism of course. One kid I worked with was completely non verbal and didn't understand anything, or so we thought. We
really had no way of knowing if she did or not. Another kid in the class that was autistic also didn't talk but she would hum and rock back and forth.
She also didn't understand what we were doing and we would have to guide her with all school work.
To me I think many kids today are labeled autistic and they aren't. I also think the term "Aspergers" is used far too much as well. If they don't know
what is wrong with a kid or they have behavioral problems then oh they must be autistic or have Aspergers. IMO that is not always the case but in a
society where everyone wants to be labeled something it is what it is.
There is a girl named Carly Fleishman who is autistic. Her parents thought she didn't understand what they said until one day she got around a
computer. Turns out she could TOTALLY understand everything they said to her but she was basically stuck in her own body unable to communicate back.
Can you imagine?! She now has her own blog and communicates using iPads and computers. There was a documentary on here a while back via 20/20 I
believe. It was interesting and it made me wonder about the kids I worked with and if they actually could understand us but were unable to respond.
edit on 3/21/2014 by mblahnikluver because: (no reason given)