Re: Special Needs Children in the Art Room
- 'Reaching the Child with Autism through Art' by Toni Flowers is a
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> I received this on another list serve and thought it was worthwhile
> especially in view of the rapid increase in autism which will meanwe will
> have more and more children with autism in our classrooms.it is
> 10 Things to Know about Autism
> 1) Autism Is a 'Spectrum' Disorder
> People with autism can be a little autistic or very autistic. Thus,
> possible to be bright, verbal, and autistic as well as mentallyretarded,
> non-verbal and autistic. A disorder that includes such a broadrange of
> is often called a spectrum disorder; hence the term "autism spectrum
> disorder." The most significant shared symptom is difficulty with
> (eye contact, conversation, taking another's perspective, etc.).
> 2) Asperger Syndrome is a High Functioning Form of Autism
> Asperger Syndrome (AS) is considered to be a part of the autism
> The only significant difference between AS and High FunctioningAutism is
> thatwith autism
> people with AS usually develop speech right on time while people
> usually have speech delays. People with AS are generally verybright and
> verbal, but have significant social deficits (which is why AS hasearned the
> nickname "Geek Syndrome").know
> 3) People With Autism Are Different from One Another
> If you've seen Rainman or a TV show about autism, you may think you
> what autism "looks like." In fact, though, when you've met oneperson with
> autism you've met ONE person with autism. Some people with autism
> others are silent. Many have sensory issues, gastrointestinal
> sleep difficulties and other medical problems. Others may haveautism.
> social-communication delays - and that's it.
> 4) There Are Dozens of Treatments for Autism - But No 'Cure'
> So far as medical science is aware, there is at present no cure for
> That's not to say that people with autism don't improve, becausemany
> improvethey are
> radically. But even when people with autism increase their skills,
> still autistic, which means they think and perceive differentlyfrom most
> people. Children with autism may receive many types of treatments.based.
> may be biomedical, sensory, behavioral, developmental or even arts-
> Depending upon the child, certain treatments will be moresuccessful than
> 5) There Are Many Theories on the Cause of Autism, But No Consensus
> You may have seen or heard news stories about possible causes of
> Theories range from mercury in infant vaccines to genetics to theage of the
> parents to almost everything else. At present, most researchersthink autism
> caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors - and
> possible that different people's symptoms have different causes.
> 6) People Don't Grow Out of Autism
> Autism is a lifelong diagnosis. For some people, often (but not
> those who receive intensive early intervention, symptoms maydecrease
> People with autism can also learn coping skills to help them manage
> difficulties and even build on their unique strengths. But a personwith
> will probably be autistic throughout their lives.
> 7) Families Coping with Autism Need Help and Support
> Even "high functioning" autism is challenging for parents. "Low
> autism can be overwhelming to the entire family. Families may beunder a
> great deal of stress, and they need all the non-judgmental helpthey can get
> from friends, extended family, and service providers. Respite care(someone
> else taking care of the person with autism while other familymembers take a
> break) can be a marriage and/or family-saver!child doing
> 8) There's No 'Best School' for a Child with Autism
> You may have heard of a wonderful "autism school," or read of a
> amazingly well in a particular type of classroom setting. While anygiven
> setting may be perfect for any given child, every child with autismhas
> needs. Even in an ideal world, "including" a child with autism in a
> class may not be the best choice. Decisions about autisticeducation are
> generally made by a team made up of parents, teachers,administrators and
> therapists who know the child well.stories are
> 9) There Are Many Unfounded Myths About Autism
> The media is full of stories about autism, and many of those
> less than accurate. For example, you may have heard that peoplewith autism
> aresuch "always"
> cold and unfeeling, or that people with autism never marry or hold
> jobs. Since every person with autism is different, however,
> and "never" statements simply don't hold water. To understand aperson with
> autism, it's a good idea to spend some time getting to know him orher -
> 10) Autistic People Have Many Strengths and Abilities
> It may seem that autism is a wholly negative diagnosis. But almost
> on the autism spectrum has a great to deal to offer the world.People with
> autism are among the most forthright, non-judgmental, passionatepeople
> you'll5/1/2007 2:57
> ever meet. They are also ideal candidates for many types of careers.
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