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Rethinking Autism Through the Prism of Neurodiversity


Health & Wellness  (tags: Neurodiversity, autism, Steve Silberman, difference )

Evelyn
- 1292 days ago - cbc.ca
Steve Silberman argues that autism should be viewed not as an epidemic, but as a different way of thinking. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points to "a perfect storm of autism awareness"



   

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fly b (26)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 2:38 pm
Thanks for this. Bookmarked. Interesting!
 

Animae C (509)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 5:25 pm
Sent the article to a friend who would be very interested!
Thanx Evelyn
 

Jasmine M (1)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 12:05 pm
thank you
 

Jasmine M (1)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 12:05 pm
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Jasmine M (1)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 12:05 pm
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Jasmine M (1)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 12:05 pm
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Jasmine M (1)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 12:05 pm
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Jasmine M (1)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 12:05 pm
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Jasmine M (1)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 12:05 pm
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Jasmine M (1)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 12:06 pm
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Jasmine M (1)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 12:06 pm
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Jasmine M (1)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 12:06 pm
thank you
 

Birgit W (160)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 2:46 pm
Interesting. Thank you very much for sharing.
 

Janet B (0)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 3:14 pm
Thanks
 

Winn A (179)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 5:21 pm
Noted - Thanks
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 2:00 am
Shared to spread awareness.
 

Erika Acosta (0)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 2:43 am
Thanks
 

Janet B (0)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 12:36 pm
Thanks
 

Amy C (18)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 4:56 pm
Bipolar disorder deserves attention just as much
 

Amy C (18)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 4:56 pm
Seriously
 

Colleen L (3)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 11:53 pm
Interesting article. Thanks Evelyn
 

Evelyn B (63)
Monday December 14, 2015, 4:20 am
Amy - I don't think there's an "either - or" issue here!

There are many health conditions that need and deserve more attention, greater understanding by those not directly concerned .... Some countries have moved forward fast in recognising the special needs of "different" people, and are providing much better support (especially in education & training), others have not yet fully grasped the huge potential of those who are "differently able".

This article happens to focus on autism - with its many variations that have not been recognised & tackled until very recently. That doesn't mean that bi-polar, dyslexia, dyspraxia etc etc are not also important ... they are. If you have some articles that can help increase awareness of such problems - please, do share them.

All these conditions frighten people who don't understand them, and who need more awareness and more understanding in order to appreciate those who are "differently able"
 

Janet B (0)
Monday December 14, 2015, 6:43 pm
Thanks
 

Kamia T (89)
Tuesday December 15, 2015, 2:54 pm
I would agree with this argument, and that people on the Autistic spectrum bring many, many great ideas and ways of seeing life to the table. Just look at Temple Grandin. However, unfortunately our current school and business climates are simply not set up to deal with that level of individuality.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 12:19 am
NOTED!
 

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 10:58 am
Kamia

British schools are increasingly ensuring appropriate support to those with differences. I have a family member in a village school where 5/27 pupils have been identified as having "special needs" - and each one has support ... After a few months, Sam no longer needed daily support, but sees his counsellor regularly to assess what support needs he has. But to start with, it was daily ....

The sooner other countries catch on about how this enables such kids, & allows full potential to be developed, the better ....
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 11:29 am
I'd be interested to know how widespread this is, Evelyn, because our "press/news/media" channels continually keep going on about services being cut. . .
 

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday December 17, 2015, 12:32 am
Darren - I know that in Oxfordshire & Berkshire this is common - I know several families who have had "scribes" for exams, & one for his daily lessons (computer provided for note-taking during class) .... etc, according to special needs. And these are the local school (state), not private ....
 

caroline lord (0)
Saturday December 19, 2015, 9:28 pm
thank you
 
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