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originally posted by: sussy
There has been many severely affected autistic children that function like a wild animal. Trying to exist in a world and body they cannot comprehend.
originally posted by: sussy
a reply to: Annee
The OP is challenging our ideas on autism from a different view point. He is learning and discussing theories from outside the box.
Empathy is a spontaneous sharing of affect, provoked by witnessing and sympathizing with another's emotional state. In a way we mirror or mimic the emotional response that we would expect to feel in that condition or context, much like sympathy. Unlike personal distress, empathy is not characterized by aversion to another's emotional response. Additionally, empathizing with someone requires a distinctly sympathetic reaction where personal distress demands avoidance of distressing matters. This distinction is vital because empathy is associated with the moral emotion sympathy, or empathetic concern, and consequently also prosocial or altruistic action. Empathy leads to sympathy by definition unlike the over-aroused emotional response that turns into personal distress and causes a turning-away from another's distress.
NO, the OP is telling us, who actually are Autistic, worked with Autistic, raised Autistics, that we're wrong.
I'm not speaking from emotions. I'm speaking from real life experience.
Not a textbook.
originally posted by: Annee
Mine outgrew the noise sensory overload - - and hair sensitivity. He freaked at the air dryers in restrooms. Always fun to have a toddler scream because you wash his hair.
It took a full hour today to get through one page of math because he doesn't like math. Trying to get him to understand if you focus and stay focused til something is done, then you are free.
Yes, a lot of kids are like this, but its just more so with Autism Spectrum. He's a creative story teller and he never stopped talking through the whole hour of math. It's like taking a magic carpet ride with a calculator that doesn't want to function.
originally posted by: Spacespider
Autism isn't a disorder. It's a way people are. People are different, they're not all the same. People have different strengths, weaknesses, aptitudes and interests. But since we're so disconnected from our true selves and since we are so hell bent on making sure that everyone is the exact same as everyone else we make sure to ostracize anyone that is different.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
For example, my son is one of the few children with Asperger's or autism that my psychologist had ever encountered that could understand and fluently use sarcasm, but at the same time, he can also be very literal is certain aspects of life where sarcasm isn't appropriate.