A good analogy

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Registered: 04-05-2003
A good analogy
Wed, 09-10-2003 - 12:00am
One of the things I mentioned in the Jordan's IEP meeting today was the analogy of 9/11 that I find to be really helpful in getting people to relate and understand how to deal with the literal, rigid, quick to melt features that are so extreme in Asperger Syndrome. I told them "Everything thing that goes wrong in Jordan's life, no matter how very minor it may seem to you, is as tragic for him as 9/11 was for us. Your job as his educators is that of the Office of Homeland Security, to prevent another tragedy in his life by helping him prepare for transitions, except changes easier, and teaching him the social skills he will need."

Unfortunately there a lot of well meaning but rather ignorant people you think you've got a spoiled kid on your hands. But if you think about how 9/11 made us feel when it happened, I think you can logically draw a parallel that the same feelings exist in our kid's as they view the world on a daily basis.

Just my two cents,


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Registered: 03-21-2003
In reply to: leenie29
Wed, 09-10-2003 - 8:56am
That is a VERY good way to put it, Leenie.

I have an ARD meeting this morning for Tim and I may use that

one if I need to. I realize how true it is. Even the overload

situations remind me of tragedy. When Tim is in a full, noisy

crowd. Rebecca
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Registered: 03-28-2003
In reply to: leenie29
Wed, 09-10-2003 - 6:24pm
I liked that analogy. It does put things in a more black and white way of understanding the world through their eyes. I was reading a book called "The Hidden Child: The Linwood Method for Reaching the Autistic Child" and it helped me to understand how different their perception of the world truly can be. One story involved a child who freaked out everytime he saw a chair. Later in years, they found out that one day his parents were sitting behind a screen and talking to a therapist. The chair was on the other side of the screen. To him, it seemed the chair itself was talking. On one hand, he knew it couldn't be talking, but on the other it seemed real. He recalled that he felt something like horrified so it was logical for him to react.

Everyone is different on the autism spectrum and so not all children may perceive things in this way...but perception is different nonetheless. Many people cannot understand this, they only see a child reacting and assume "behavior issues".