Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Autism

In order to understand the character of Christopher in the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, I want you to look at a couple of resources. Comment on them and give your thoughts or reactions to the information here. One resource is a short three minute video. Choose LOW bandwidth and use headphones if viewing at school.

Autism Diagnosis on the Rise
NBC Nightly News; Minutes: 3:13
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A blog by a mother of an autistic child. Choose two posts under "favorite posts" to read.



14 comments:

jessanneh3 said...

I just read the story on Alec's mother's blog about God communicating with children. It truly amazed me and showed me that God really can act in incredible ways. I think that all of yall should read it!

FrankB3 said...

I think it must be so frustrating and heart-wrenching to be a parent of a child with autism. The parents can only do so much to better their child because there is so little know about this disorder. I hope reseachers discover the cause of autism and eventually correct it. I can not comprehend how alec's mother deals with her struggle and teaching him about religion and god. I do not think I could handle being a parent and not being able to know that my child has some sort of relationship with god. Although it seems Alec is making progress and hopeful is understanding what she is trying to tell him.
Also, it seem like a unpredictable difficulty teaching him in general. The mother describes making progress with speech and concepts and then he has a bad day and throws a fit. This must be very hard making progress then almost lossing it all. I also wonder how she exactly disciplines him? Its not like you can just spank the child and say no. This appears to be a hard situation which she is handling to the best of her ability and I think she is doing a great job raising her son.

eliseh1 said...

My first resource is my little brother's friend who has been diagnosed with autism for many years now. The little boy, Mitchell, is very smart on certain issues such as remembering birth dates and names, but speaks with an odd tone and is scared somtimes of people that he does not know. Because there is no place in Birmingham for children with autism to go to for specialized education, Mitchell's family started Mitchell's Place, a school for children with autism. It opened last fall as an afterschool program, and my brother volunteers there over the summer.
The video that was linked to the blog was very frightening that more and more children are diagnosed with autism. This means that we need more resources for these children and their families. This is a growing problem in the United States, and therefore, more needs to be done.

MaryEvelynP3 said...

I read two favorite posts by the mother of an autistic child. The first post I read talked about God's realationship with an autisitc person. Here the mother was desperately concerned that her 4 year old son Alec would never really fully understand who God was. To the average person this thought seems pretty remarkable- imagine not being able to comprehend who God was. Amazingly, after the mother had prayed about this matter, Alec began to make comments about both prayers, and even told her that Jesus loves him.
The next post I read talked about Alec not being able to participate in the same type of swimming as other kids his age at the pool. His mother explains how hard it is to feel so progressive with Alec's achievements, but then to see a child his age with out autism and realize how far he still is behind. On this particular day; however, Alec shocked his mother as he swam in the Big pool by himself for the first time, just like all the other kids.
I found both of these stories extremely touching. Also I realized one truly amazing thing about having a child that is autistic. It seems that there are small miracles to be found in every day.

EleanorM1 said...

Wow. I read the posts by Alec's mom from WalkingwithAlec.com and those stories are to say the least, inspiring. When you are not closely related to someone with Autism, it is hard to understand the daily challenges that they face with. It is really special for me to read all of her posts and comments about her son. This is a website I plan on keeping up with and reading regularly.

MeredithA3 said...

Alec's, mom Kelly is truly an amazing woman. She tries to balance her life with two children, one with autism, and being stress free. I don't know how she does it, but she seems to be doing an amazing job. I read many of the entries about Alec's autism. There was one where he had to do the ADA exercises and he was throwing many tantrums. Once, his mom started to encourage him and give him candy, he started participating in the exercises. I was so proud to hear that he was enjoying it. It just shows that with a little determination and patience, you will go very far in life.

BrookingP5 said...

The post written by Alec's mother called The Blessing Behind the Giant is a very inspiring piece. It really reveals how patient his mother is, and it is evident that she really wants to help understand him. After reading this post, you feel for special needs children who do not have such supportive parents. It is hard to imagine how difficult it would be without them.

willst5 said...

I saw the clip about autism. It was amazing in how that their are a growing number of children are becoming autistic. I hope that the government will be able to provide more schools for these kids.

StuartS5th said...

I read two favorite posts from the mother of an autistic child. The first one was about the challenges Alec faces from being autistic. The mother knows that she will not face the challenges alone because the father will always be by her side. She prays and sometimes even Alec joins her as she asks that Alec reaches his full potential. The other post I read was called Table Wars. It tells of a specific example where Alec overcame a challenge. Since he cannot sit down to eat, his mother forced him to sit down and eat one his the more healthy foods he eats. After a screaming struggle that lasted almost thirty minutes, Alec ate one bite and was showered with love. He eventually finished the whole meal. These stories are inspiring, but I still get discouraged with the growing number of diagnoses each year.

MatthewM1 said...

I was pretty supprised to hear every one in 166 kids are born with Autism. Thats actually kind of depressing when you factor in the chances of a baby getting other kinds of disease. It almost seems that a baby has a better chance of being born with a disease. It just doesn't make sense that the number of diagnosis has increased so much. I would like to know what the actual cause is if scientists ever develop a cause for the drastic increase.

Jason R. 1 said...

I just read one of the posts and i belive that it must be so hard dealing with such a terrible disorder. I feel very lucky to have all that I have and thank God so much for all his gifts.

nickr3 said...

Prior to watching the video clip I hadnt been aware that so many children had autism. It was interesting that they had made vaccines for it. I had always assumed it was just genetic.
More schools are needed for these children because it seems that many children with autism are often incredibly itelligent. It's good that there is a greater awareness of autism.

RyanH5 said...

Alec's mother is truly a role model for all people in her situation. All of the "favorite posts" are very inspiring, and can help people in hard times. I really like the way she thinks, and I think it is great that she has this blog. I really like the way she puts these thoughts in to words in the Remarkable Improvements post. "That's love. That's what this life is all about. Thanks, Alec, for every lesson you teach me. This is my therapy." She is doing a great job helping her son, and in turn, she is helping her self also.

Marie P said...

Hey!
Just a coloradian (what?) eves-dropping on what you guys are learning about.
I'm actually doing a kind of independent study on Autism right now (not for school, just kind of curious) and am planning on reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I'm a lot like Elise in that I have a couple first-hand references of Autism and know the actions and thoughts from being with someone that is Autistic. I hope you guys keep blogging about this subject so that I can get more information about my study. Thanks!