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July 20, 2016
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Communication difficulties in Autism
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The Daily Walk with Miracles, July 20, 2016, by Paul Evans, excerpt courtesy Communication Difficulties in Autism: My Personal View, Understanding and Embracing Diversity, April 2, 2016, by LearningNeverStops, with an essay on autism by Paul Evans: APRIL IS NATIONAL AUTISM MONTH! And Obama has doubled the amount of money devoted to autism research. Still more is needed since there are a LOT of autistic people in modern society (including, I’m pretty sure, me.) Let’s celebrate! Video is: “The Doors – The Future Starts Here The Essential Doors Hits [320 kbps], courtesy of Jim Morrison, the Doors and YouTube. (Resources soon coming to this page)
Autism affects between 1/100 to 1/88 individuals and yet those who are affected are still often misunderstood. Indeed, students with Autism are more likely to be bullied in school compared to any other ‘groups’ of students. Perhaps a reason for the high rates of bullying stems from people’s lack of understanding of the condition. Individuals with Autism experience difficulties in Social Interactions, Communication and Imagination/Flexibiity of Thought. It is also important to note that it is a lifelong disorder- a child with Autism will become an adult with autism. Furthermore, Autism manifests in many different ways. As Francesca Happe said recently, “once you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met ONE person with Autism”.
Paul Evans: That’s a pretty good one paragraph summary, I’m not sure I agree with everything else in the article. I’m totally nonviolent for example and believe myself to have been misdiagnosed in about 1977 and actually AM autistic myself. As my friend Dan says, “Oh, well.” About a year ago I read that intelligent companies which have positions which require a lot of attention to detail are in fact hiring autistic people. Finally. Maybe this is why I like coding web pages.
One photo I have included with this article as the featured photograph says “Autism is NOT a disease, don’t try to cure us, try to understand us.” (Autism is sort of a condition, with a genetic expression or sometimes cause, certainly with a genetic susceptability, but I believe it can be caused by chemicals and also stress and abuse (in a way similar to PTSD) of various sorts, and at almost any age.)
It is vital that autistic people learn plain speaking, for one thing I have noticed about us is that we often have complicated, involved and wordy thought, and it’s hard to express these thoughts in language. I personally find English a poor vehicle to express myself, but at this point my short term memory is shot, too, and learning a better language is tough. My dad maintained that no two people actually do speak the same language, anyway.
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As Solomon said, “get understanding, that’s the principal thing” in communication, especially. And we have so many individual subcultures today, don’t we, especially online, and all this social media. We need FAITH and we need to just be ourselves and be kind and honest and not judge people. (That pretty much sums up what Jesus wanted from us, insofar as I am concerned: That’s the biggest part of my religion.) And we need to feel some degree of acceptance of ourselves, don’t we? Society needs to lighten up. People are so ready to distrust or even hurt people today, especially in words. But research show that words can damage our endorphin flow of feel good chemicals just as much as chemicals or disease. The medium we expose ourselves to hour after hour determines to some extent our mental health. But autism is autism, though it’s hard to define. But anyone who’s a misfit in society, I would think about maybe a diagnosis of autism. A lot more people have it, I am certain in my mind, than even know it, and our doctors are not as aware of this need to keep autism strongly in mind. There is some relationship with paranoia. However the way society treats autistic people, paranoia is perfectly logical. “Autism is not a disease: Don’t try to cure us, try to understand us.”
And partly I’ve just escaped the sickness of our culture, and don’t quite live by it’s illogical, uncaring rules. Call me “autistic.” It just seems to me, common sense-wise, if something is not both logical and caring (kind), how can it be of God? Well I’m sure I still have a lot of growing to do. And this website is my purpose in life, so I write two-three-four articles a day and feel quite fulfilled. Now if only I could find a girl: Ladies email CPWPC57@gmail.com. Peace and Love everybody!
See It’s okay to say autism, The Autistic Beekeeper, March 3, 2016, by The Autistic Beekeeper.