I've been thinking....
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|Tue, 09-23-2003 - 12:50pm|
So here’s a question to ponder:
How are personality, disabilities, and genetics all intertwined? Do professionals take personality traits of family members into account when evaluating kids?
Here is why I ask: Peter (no DX) does not present as a typical AS kid, because he is quite social and ‘connected’ by comparison, but neither is he a standard child. I know there could be many issues, as we don’t have a full analysis on him, and I am not trying to jump the gun here, but I was wondering what role genetics plays in the whole evaluation process.
Because: Peter *is* my Da. He looks like him, is built like him, has the exact same "shut up" look. He has his personality. (Da died before he was born BTW). Now, Da didn’t have a disability (the only son born to my grandmother who didn’t), and he was the most outgoing, gregarious, empathetic person you could meet. People were drawn to him, and he could strike up a conversation with anyone, anytime about anything and he would leave that meeting with a new best friend.
So I've been thinking about personality and autism: Would a person with the ‘Da” personality trait, who also had autism, present like a total ‘typical’ autistic socially, or would the ‘Da’ gene be still in evidence somehow?
Thoughts on the back of a billboard please…..