Demystifying the Autistic Experience: A Humanistic by William Stillman

By William Stillman

Mom and dad, caregivers and educators are frequently at a loss approximately how most sensible to aid a person with autism simply because they're beaten via "behaviors," inundated with prognoses and scientific jargon, or pressured by means of technical info. This publication introduces autism from a non-clinical, humanistic standpoint emphasizing that we're all extra alike than varied. the writer deconstructs the elemental parts of autism utilizing language, examples and anecdotes which are concrete and comprehensible for all. strengthened for the reader is the significance of listening conscientiously to what everyone is telling us approximately valuing changes, own passions, communique, and holistic wellbeing. staff brainstorming workout actions are integrated.

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These will require an ability in caregivers to look beneath the surface to decipher the passion’s true purpose. For example, one young woman was fascinated with people’s shoes. The longer I talked with her team, the more it became apparent that she learned a lot about people, their personalities, and demeanor from the style and condition of their shoes, as well as from their walking stride and gait. She was gathering important information in a subtle, inconspicuous manner, as befitted her nature.

Now think of having to concentrate, attend and focus upon that weakest skill such that you must produce something of acceptable quality in order to earn your passion. For many of us, our passion may not be a thing but a person. As part of a presentation I make to demystify the autistic experience, I require the audience to draw a snowman at my brisk, specific, out-of-sequence direction – and on top of their heads, without peeking. It is often described as a frustrating, difficult exercise because of attempting to assimilate information, process it differently from what is accustomed, and trying to produce a product of quality in order to “please” the instructor.

Compliance for the sake of compliance does not equal success. We must think beyond the typical and ordinary to truly have impact. We know that disruptive behavior is most often a form of communicating something that otherwise cannot be communicated explicitly and succinctly. One friend with autism described the incommunicable emotions she once experienced: Autistic people get big rages. I throw tantrums. I have waves of rage that come surging. I need to feel safe and always in control of my life, my world.

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