posted on Apr, 14 2007 @ 11:53 AM
I cannot recommend Temple Grandin's books enough. "Animals in TRanslation" is the first one I read. She is a highly-functioning autistic with a
Ph.D. SHe is an expert in her field, that of working with ranchers, etc. to help them understand the psychology of animals. She designed a special
cattle shute for the cattle and since she was so in tune with animals, she wanted to know what the animal felt when it went through her cattle chute;
so she got in the chute herself. She then discovered that doing that, helped her greatly with the anxiety she felt from autism. Whenever she feels
anxiety coming on, she crawls into the cattle chute. Something about the closeness of the chute walls helps her feel secure, just like it does for the
cattle. There are many similarities between autistics and animals and Ms. Grandin proves it. I think that's why many autistics seem to have a special
affinity for animals. They experience some things in the same way. For example, feeding an animal in a brightly colored container can make an animal
nervous. They are very, very sensitive to light, bright colors, etc. I have a horse who's very gentle and sweet, but she really freaks out when I put
her feed in a bright blue bowl. She won't eat from it, because it's too unnerving to her.
My mother and I have always suspected that I may be a highly functioning autistic. In some ways it makes alot of sense. I have always been highly
intelligent and a little antisocial, although I now have learned alot of good people skills. As a kid, I spent most of my time playing alone. I liked
it, it didn't bother me, but it did concern my mother. The thing is, you see though, that very intelligent people NEED to spend alot of time alone,
thinking. And I know I have trouble with people who are not very intelligent, usually people who are narrow-minded and don't think logically. For me,
they don't exist almost, as someone else said earlier.
I had a hard time making friends and was very shy around strangers. I have always just thought differently and marched to a different tune from
others. In the end, though, I did very well. I was a flight attendant and then I got my Master's degree and was a therapist for 15 years. Now, I'm
running my own online ezine.
I am married to a wonderful man, who is himself highly intelligent and wonderfully eccentric, I live on a bit of beautiful land with lots of animals
and I'm very, very happy. I also have lots of friends, having found a community of other geniuses. Since we think in similar ways and due to the fact
that geniuses will tolerate weird, eccentric behavior more than most, we all feel like a family. It would be a good thing if your son could meet other
highly intelligent people.
The one thing I would advise for your son, Lombozo, is to give your boy everything he wants in the way of learning and creativity. Get him all the
books, games, toys, etc. that will inspire his creativity. HIs brain needs to be constantly engaged, learning new things, or else he will get bored
adn that's when behavioral problems start or he becomes very frustrated. He will do much better if his brain is engaged in learning, reasoning,
thinking and problem solving. He needs to have as rich an environment as you can provide him. Animals are also excellent companions for autistics. The
autistic doesn't have to talk or socialize, but he/she can learn about emotions from animals and form very close bonds, all while they are improving
their social skills in some way.
But the best thing, Lombozo, is soemthing you've already given him in spades and that is your infinite love and pride in him. Good job, Lombozo, keep
us posted, will you? Your son sounds absolutely fascinating.