What would you do if...

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What would you do if...
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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 6:58pm
...you learned your AS child's teacher was herself diagnosed with Asperger's?
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Registered: 11-28-2006
Sun, 03-28-2010 - 7:19pm
I think it would be cool!!!
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Registered: 06-25-2005
Mon, 03-29-2010 - 10:12am

Knowing the diagnosis would not bother me at all. At one point my AS dh was interested in being a teacher.

There are plenty of good teachers and plenty of rotten teachers with or without AS (or any other dx). A dx by itself would not be meaningful to me. If the teacher was a rotten teacher, then I would be bothered, but only because they were a bad teacher, not because they had AS.

I've had a handful of quirky teachers in my lifetime. One in high school was really quite wacky (dressed odd, walked odd, singing, clapping, marching) but friendly. I don't think she had AS, but she was definitely a character. Some of the kids didn't like her because she was different, but her methodology really made the info stick in your head. I'd love another teacher like that.

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Registered: 01-07-2008
Mon, 03-29-2010 - 4:47pm

I'd be really pleased. It would confirm to me the possibilities for our kids, and I am sure she'd have some unusual approaches to teaching (which I am all for!). I'd also be pleased that my boy might have a role model to aspire to (although whether Euan would even notice would be another thing!) Mind you, I'm an academic, and surrounded by Aspies (some undiagnosed but boy can you spot them!) who are responsible for teaching and they do a good job, even if they struggle with some things (*I* struggle with a lot of things in my job, just different things).


Kirsty, mum to Euan (11, Aspergers Syndrome) Rohan (7, NT) and Maeve (4, NT)

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Registered: 06-25-2003
Mon, 03-29-2010 - 4:58pm

I wouldn't care: for me it's all about the personality and if the teacher gets the kids (OK: gets MY kids).

So if the teacher is an Aspie and has personality/inclination to teach; great.

If the teacher didn't have the personality to teach and was an Aspie, I wound't blame the Asperger's. I would just think the teacher was in the wrong job.

Paula
p.s. I'm pretty sure our HS math teacher was Aspie (for a number of reasons, not just the example given here). She was really smart, but couldn't teach. She used to fill the board with these beautiful equations, turn to the class and ask "Any questions?"
twenty-eight hands would shoot up and she would say 'OK good" and turn back to the board again without taking a single one.

Aspie or no, she is an example of a personality unsuited for teaching.

A

-Paula

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-Paula

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Registered: 11-28-2006
Tue, 03-30-2010 - 1:34am

Hmmm I see your point Paula.... I like to read some of the "teacher sites" online and there's a sped teacher who has stated he has Aspergers.

He is rather unflexible when it comes to our kids melting down. He has no place for that and kids shouldn't be melting down and they should be sent to jail and held down and damn them all for breaking the rules.

I always had a problem reading his responses.... So although I would love for a teacher to understand my kids issue's, the Aspie teachers may not... because of the obvious.