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    Reaching the Child with Autism through Art by Toni Flowers is a great resource. ... posting ... we will ... it is ... retarded, ... range of ... social ...
    Message 1 of 2 , May 2, 2007
      'Reaching the Child with Autism through Art' by Toni Flowers is a
      great resource.

      --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, "familyerickson"
      <familyerickson@...> wrote:
      > I received this on another list serve and thought it was worthwhile
      > especially in view of the rapid increase in autism which will mean
      we will
      > have more and more children with autism in our classrooms.
      > Cindy
      > 10 Things to Know about Autism
      > 1) Autism Is a 'Spectrum' Disorder
      > People with autism can be a little autistic or very autistic. Thus,
      it is
      > possible to be bright, verbal, and autistic as well as mentally
      > non-verbal and autistic. A disorder that includes such a broad
      range of
      > symptoms
      > is often called a spectrum disorder; hence the term "autism spectrum
      > disorder." The most significant shared symptom is difficulty with
      > communication
      > (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 Functioning
      Autism is
      > that
      > people with AS usually develop speech right on time while people
      with autism
      > usually have speech delays. People with AS are generally very
      bright and
      > verbal, but have significant social deficits (which is why AS has
      earned the
      > nickname "Geek Syndrome").
      > 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 one
      person with
      > with
      > autism you've met ONE person with autism. Some people with autism
      > chatty;
      > others are silent. Many have sensory issues, gastrointestinal
      > sleep difficulties and other medical problems. Others may have
      > 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, because
      > improve
      > radically. But even when people with autism increase their skills,
      they are
      > still autistic, which means they think and perceive differently
      from most
      > people. Children with autism may receive many types of treatments.
      > Treatments
      > may be biomedical, sensory, behavioral, developmental or even arts-
      > Depending upon the child, certain treatments will be more
      successful than
      > others.
      > 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 the
      age of the
      > parents to almost everything else. At present, most researchers
      think autism
      > is
      > caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors - and
      > quite
      > 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 may
      > radically.
      > People with autism can also learn coping skills to help them manage
      > difficulties and even build on their unique strengths. But a person
      > autism
      > 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 be
      under a
      > great deal of stress, and they need all the non-judgmental help
      they can get
      > from friends, extended family, and service providers. Respite care
      > else taking care of the person with autism while other family
      members take a
      > break) can be a marriage and/or family-saver!
      > 8) There's No 'Best School' for a Child with Autism
      > You may have heard of a wonderful "autism school," or read of a
      child doing
      > amazingly well in a particular type of classroom setting. While any
      > setting may be perfect for any given child, every child with autism
      > unique
      > needs. Even in an ideal world, "including" a child with autism in a
      > class may not be the best choice. Decisions about autistic
      education are
      > generally made by a team made up of parents, teachers,
      administrators and
      > therapists who know the child well.
      > 9) There Are Many Unfounded Myths About Autism
      > The media is full of stories about autism, and many of those
      stories are
      > less than accurate. For example, you may have heard that people
      with autism
      > are
      > cold and unfeeling, or that people with autism never marry or hold
      > productive
      > jobs. Since every person with autism is different, however,
      such "always"
      > and "never" statements simply don't hold water. To understand a
      person with
      > autism, it's a good idea to spend some time getting to know him or
      her -
      > personally!
      > 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, passionate
      > you'll
      > ever meet. They are also ideal candidates for many types of careers.
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