Thursday, December 27, 2012

Favorite comments of '12: 1crosbycat, Deirdre Mundy, LEX, and Mrsh

On Miraculous recoveries from Asperger's Syndrome


1crosbycat said...
I think you are on to something - it is the new nature of schools that causes Asperger's to be a "disability" in the school setting, rather than an academic advantage (for at least some of these kids). The group work/ class participation aspects are bad enough, but one trend that really bothers me it that schools deliberately mix up the kids classes from year to year to discourage close friendships in favor of many acquaintances. My kids never got inot classes with their friends from one year to the next. But every year the form for parent input for next year class placement says that friend requests will not be honored (so why have the form?), but I didn't really think about it until reading an article (maybe from this blog?). Just another way to disadvantage the socially awkward child. htp://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/fashion/17BFF.html?adxnnl=1&src=twt&twt=nytimes&adxnnlx=1328394338-OyzH0yVYUigswUPP2Te0qQ

We took our kid out of public school in favor of a very small traditional school and a lot of his symptoms are fading (the worst ones like aggression and yelling - he is still buggy on his ever expanding obsessive interests). So is the "cure" for Asp. leaving public school? Could save the government a lot of money...


Deirdre Mundy said...
He's definitely onto something. I went to the U of C--the joke was that you could tell a U of C extrovert because he looked at the OTHER person's shoes when he talked.

I've often commented that about 75% of my college friends could probably get an 'autism spectrum' diagnosis if they tried. And many were socially awkward rejects in High School and had fulfilling social lives in college because they could find friends with similar interests and similar levels of social skills.

Is something really a disability when the answer is "go to a top tier school and find friends in your major??"

LEX said...
Schools pathologizing a point on the human bell curve? Certainly not! Schools contributing to a perceived problem until it becomes diagnosable? It can't be! Seriously, this same tale could be told about dyslexia or ADHD just as readily. One repercussion of insisting that all children become readers and writers at the age of 5 or 6 is that some of them will come up short. Couple this with classrooms where teachers know lots about children's literature but little to nothing about the writing system, and a whole lot of kids get left in the dust. Hmm. There simply *must* be something wrong with them.

Mrsh said...
Being very smart in today's schools IS not important...it if far more important to be popular and lose your REAL identity by "melting in" with other people your age. Individuality is dead...I shudder to think that the great scientists, composers, artists, inventors,mathematicians, of yesterday would have FAILED in today's school systems!

We home school our quirky left-brained 5 year old, who reads and comprehends at 6th grade level, does math equations (gasp he CARRIES and BORROWS, I can't even understand the new way they do math today lol) He is fascinated by tape measures...he is loving, kind, and HAPPY, even though he doesn't express himself in touchy-feely prose.

I wished we lived in a time when individuality were valued again...being an individual does NOT mean you are anti social, just that your individuality is respected, rather than being part of the herd.

By today's standards, both my husband and I would have been labeled Aspergers...just because we are researchers, inventors and COLLABORATE with others well.



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