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Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson, Mariner Books, 2006.
Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger’s and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families and Teachers by John Elder Robison, Broadway, 2012.
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet, Free Press, 2007.
The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood, Jessica Kingsley Pub., 2008.
Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind by Daniel Tammet, Free Press, 2009.
Emergence: Labeled Autistic by Temple Grandin and Margaret M. Scariano, Warner Books, 1996.
The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to be a Better Husband by David Finch, Scribner, 2012.
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison, Broadway; Reprint edition, 2008.
Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey through Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes, Ph.D, Three Rivers Press,2004.
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery, Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin, Vintage, 1996.
Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of AutismBy Temple Grandin and Sean Barron, Future Horizons, 2005.
The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition by Temple Grandin, Future Horizons, 2011.
Posted: 11:35 AM
October 11, 2012
By: Beth Vaughn, KSHB.com
A Missouri school district is facing outrage from parents this week after reports surfaced that a 5-year-old boy was duct taped as punishment for an outburst.
Two weeks ago, an angry mother called the Johnson County, Mo., Sheriff’s office to report suspected child abuse.
According to the police report filed that day, the alleged abuse included her son being bound by duct tape at Chilhowee School.
The report states witnesses saw the school bus driver and the Chilhowee principal using duct tape to restrain a 5-year-old boy’s hands. The kindergartner has Asperger’s syndrome and, according to his mother, was upset at that moment.
The mother of the boy, who filed the report, said another parent told her the school bus left the school once on Sept. 25, and then returned after her son had an outburst. That’s when the duct tape was allegedly used for restraint.
“I don’t know what I would have done,” reacted parent Shawn Holt.
Holt said he was infuriated by the allegations. Holt’s seven-year-old son also attends Chilhowee School.
“I think there ought to be criminal charges involved not only on the school bus driver, but also on the school because they covered this up for at least a week,” he explained.
Superintendent Jeff Blackford refused an offer to comment on Wednesday and would not say if those involved in restraining the boy have been removed from duty or if he had communicated with parents since the alleged incident.
However, he did share a statement with Scripps Missouri station 41 Action News, part of which claimed “We hold all our staff members to very high standards and we expect our staff to appropriately supervise and manage students at all times.”
Parent Linda Lujan sees the situation very differently than school district officials, and had a strong message for them.
“Get off your butts and teach your staff how to deal with kids with disabilities,” Lujan said.
Her 7-year-old son Connor has Asperger syndrome, too, and Lujan claimed he was threatened by the same bus driver.
“He told us that he started yelling and was kicking the seat and Mr. Mike (the bus driver) stated that if he didn’t shut his mouth, he was going to duct tape him,” she recounted.
In the end, Lujan said Connor avoided duct tape restraint.
The allegations remain under investigation by sheriff’s office and the school district.
Read a pdf of the full statement from the Chilhowee School.
Friends of the boy who was reportedly duct taped told 41 Action News the family is conducting its own investigation and is planning to pursue legal action.
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Finally a movie that accurately portrays Autisim, 19 September 2010
Author: wayno-6 from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Temple Grandin (2010) Spoilers Ahead!
Rarely do performances such as this, suspend disbelief. Not since watching Judy Davis in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001), have I been so enamoured with the level of acting, found here.
Having Asperger Syndrome myself, I have read many of Dr. Grandin’s books, and I am quite familiar with her biography. Claire Danes absolutely nailed this performance. It’s clear she did her homework, and spent a lot of time preparing for this role.
I found this film comfortably familiar. The struggles faced as a child. The bullying. The misunderstandings. The literal interpretations. They were all present. They are part of our past, that has transformed us into the people that we are today. I didn’t just watch this. I participated. This was my own life unfolding, as I watched this biopic. Claire Danes took on the life of Temple Grandin, and made it her own.
It is a unique perspective, into the life of Autism. Finally someone has captured what it is really like, living on the Autistic Spectrum. The over sensitivity to light and sounds. The misunderstanding of body language. The unique perspective and creative problem solving abilities we share.
No. This wasn’t a just another video. It was life. I do not have the eidetic (photographic) memory that Dr. Grandin has, nor am I able to visualise. My route to learning and understanding the world around me, is in the sounds. I have an acute auditory (hearing) memory. Like the blind person in the film, I remember sounds. It is my gateway into the world.
Claire Danes herself, said it best: I think people confuse fame with validation or love. But fame is not the reward. The reward is getting fulfillment out of doing the thing you love.
Most anyone who is part of the Autism Community, would recognise the name Dr. Temple Grandin. But would you recognise the name: Eustacia Cutler?
By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM / Fargo, North Dakota
Colin Vieweg possesses a level of maturity beyond his years. He’s also prone to pronouncements delivered with an air of erudition that have earned him an affectionate family nickname: the Little Professor.
He started to read at the age of 3, a skill that was well established by kindergarten, leading him to announce: “Mom, I’m bored. I already know how to write my name.”
“He’s always been so bright and so charming,” his mother, Emily Vieweg, says. “He’s just a happy kid.”
Happy, but also troubled at times. Colin has an inability to read social cues that makes it difficult for him to form friendships. Small changes can loom as big disruptions, and his mood can abruptly switch from sunny to stormy.
The first hint of problems surfaced at age 5, when his mother noticed he was “a little bit hyper.”
His problems in social interactions weren’t evident when he started school. As a preschooler, in fact, he was enrolled in a special education program as a “typically developing peer” to provide a good model for disabled children.
But as he progressed in elementary school, problems became evident. At first specialists attributed his problems to a learning disorder. He was given a diagnosis of oppositional defiant.
Then, a therapist recognized symptoms that previously were overlooked. Colin has Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.
Along with difficulty in social interactions, hallmarks of Asperger’s include repetitive routines or rituals, peculiarities in speech and language, including speaking in an overly formal manner or in a monotone, and taking figures of speech literally. Clumsiness is sometimes a factor.
At first, Vieweg was unwilling to accept that her son had an autistic disorder. The therapist said: “That’s fine. You can disagree with me.”
But in time, after reading about Asperger’s syndrome, she came to accept the diagnosis and its consequences.
“I said, ‘OK, he has Asperger’s. This is what it is,’ ” Vieweg says.
That was the beginning of her evolving understanding of a condition that partly defines her only child.
It took her another year to arrive at the conclusion that there was nothing intrinsic about her son to change; his brain just works in a different manner than most.
“You don’t have to fix him,” she says. “We have to teach and guide, but I don’t want to change who he is.”
Colin’s early days in school were difficult, but his family now is grateful for the way he is handled by a team of teachers and a specialist at Fargo’s Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School.
Switching from one class to another can cause anxiety, so Colin is alerted in advance so he can ease into the transition, with help from a teacher.
Because loud noises and a lot of activity can be bothersome, Colin is in a smaller “adaptive” physical education class. For the same reason he avoids riding on the school bus, and is allowed to use a different staircase.
Also, if he feels overwhelmed, he can seek refuge in an office.
A set of seemingly minor accommodations have made a big difference in helping Colin cope with the challenges of school, his family says.
After school, his maternal grandmother, JoAnne Vieweg, picks him up and takes him to her home in south Fargo. His first half hour is spent “decompressing” from the stresses of navigating social interactions all day at school that would seem routine for most.
He finds solace in a corner of the living room at the computer, where he is chuckling at some Chuck Norris jokes, and with his portable video game console.
From time to time, he emerges from his absorption to join a conversation between his mother, grandmother and a visitor.
“I was ignored by the teachers a lot,” he says of his early days at school.
His mother asks, “Is that how you felt?”
“That’s how it was,” he says.
The early tendency from some of his teachers was to blame Colin’s difficulties on parenting, JoAnne Vieweg says.
With time came greater understanding, including the realization that his temper flare-ups – his family calls them meltdowns and Colin calls them emotional storms – are best to let pass.
“You wait until he’s calm,” JoAnne says, adding that he can’t think clearly in the moment, or even recall what happened during a meltdown.
His disabilities are more than offset, his mother and grandmother say, by his abilities.
“He can build anything,” JoAnne Vieweg says. “He’s exceptionally talented in music. He has a beautiful singing voice.”
“Perfect pitch,” Emily says. “There’s just so many things he can do.”
Barb Stanton will never forget the first child she diagnosed as having Asperger’s syndrome.
His mother was sitting in her office, crying as she recited a litany of problems he’d had, in public and private schools. In desperation, she turned to home schooling.
Nothing worked. No one had the answers.
The boy, seated beside his mother, calmly corrected his mother’s recollection of dates and other details.
Suddenly it became clear to Stanton, an individual and family therapist, that the boy had Asperger’s. She realized that she had probably missed the condition in other children she had seen.
Later, she would be the professional who diagnosed Colin. Those like him, on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, are often overlooked or misdiagnosed, Stanton says.
“There’s not an obvious disability until something happens,” she says. “They have such amazing skills and talents and yet there are other things they just have difficulties with.”
Because of their abilities, high-functioning autistics often are told, in so many words, “You’re so smart, why can’t you?” Stanton says.
“A lot of these kids are blamed for behavioral problems when it’s how their brain processes,” she says.
“There’s certainly a tremendous lack of services in this community for children and adults on the autistic spectrum,” Stanton says. “What these kids need more than anything is understanding and compassion.”
Emily Vieweg worries about the day when Colin will leave home.
She sums up her view of the uncertain future with one word: “Terrifying.”
Will her son be able to cope with the many changes that go with the transition to college?
She hopes that he will be able to gauge his reactions with other people; that he will be able to recognize when others try to take advantage of him.
“I want him to be properly protected,” she says. Once Colin is adult, she wonders whether she will be able to protect him in the way she can now.
“Legally what will I be able to do to support him and protect him?” she says. “I think one of the things I think about is what skill sets is he going to need?”
Those with Asperger’s syndrome have difficulty with what are called executive functions: organizational skills, being ready for class, remembering homework assignments, breaking long-term projects into manageable pieces.
“That I see as a potential issue for him,” JoAnne says.
It will take time to provide answers for those questions. In the meantime, the Viewegs know what helps. A key ingredient is his relationship with his teachers.
“He needs to know that the teachers like him and want him to succeed,” Emily says. “He feels more comfortable knowing he has friends.”
She’s thankful for the support she has, from her family and others in the community. As a single parent with a special needs child, she is devoted to her son around the clock.
Some of her friends have accused her of hovering, but Emily thinks of it as monitoring.
“Ever since he’s been tiny, I’ve been mama tiger, protecting my cub,” Emily says. “I’m going to protect my kiddo.”
CDC: 1 in 64 kids in AZ has autism
US rate is 1 in 88, a significant increase over a year
By Stephanie Innes
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
One in 64 Arizona children has been identified as having autism spectrum disorder, says a new national study released Thursday.
While that rate is higher than the U.S. rate of 1 in 88, a University of Arizona researcher who worked on the report said it should not be a cause for alarm.
‘I think we’re identifying better. There’s a lot of public awareness, and we in the medical community are identifying better. Schools have always been better atit than we are,’said Dr.Sydney Rice, a developmental pediatrician at the UA.
TheU.S. rateof 1 in88wasanincrease from 1 in 110 in 2009.
While better awareness, more reporting and a broader definition of the autism spectrum are at play, experts say they can’t rule out other forces at work – either environmental or genetic.
The study, released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at health and school records on 8year-olds in 14 states.
In Arizona, the study looked at the 2008 medical and school charts of 32,601 8-year-old boys and girls in Maricopa County.
Kim Crooks of the Tucson Alliance for Autism noted that the study area in Arizona is a major urban area, and that people with autism often congregate in larger cities where there are more services available.
A sample of children from a more rural area might show a lower prevalence, she said.
Nationally, autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls, the study found.
The rate for boys in Arizona is 1 in 40, and the rate for girls is 1 in 185.
Autism is a brain disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, to reason and to interact with others. It affects individuals differently and to varying degrees of severity, and it is often found in combination with other disabilities.
The terms ‘autism’ and ‘autism spectrum disorder’ are often used interchangeably. Among conditions included on the autism spectrum are Asperger’s, pervasive developmental disorder and Rett syndrome.
The number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder ranged from 1 in 210 children in Alabama to 1 in 47 children in Utah.
The largest increases were among Hispanic and black children.
‘Overall nationally we’re identifying more children who have a higher IQ,’ Rice said. ‘This is not a bad thing. … This is better care.’ Rice is part of a research team at the UA that is receiving money from the CDC as part of a national program to study autism. The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program is a partnership between the UA and the CDC.
‘One of the challenges is that we’re trying to lower the age at which it’s diagnosed. It’s still not as low as we’d like,’ Rice said.
The average age of diagnosis in Arizona is 4 years and 9 months old.
Crooks said the local alliance now offers nine programs for teens and adults, and often those people have been newly diagnosed.
Researchers know there is more than one cause of autism, Rice said.
‘There are many different factors and different children may have autism for different reasons,’ she said. ‘We do recognize there is a strong genetic component. There may be an environmental component, but we haven’t found it yet. It’s not vaccines. But there’s a lot of studies going on to see what it might be.’
Crooks emphasized that many people in the autism spectrum go to universities, hold jobs, get married and have children.
‘I had a woman call me yesterday who said that every one of her children has given birth to a child on the autism spectrum, and that she suspects she’s on the spectrum too,’ Crooks said. ‘Back when I was in high school, there were these quirky, nerdy people who if they were here now might fall somewhere on the spectrum.
‘The tools for diagnosing are just so much better. Teachers, workers in the schools, doctors and psychologists are more trained on what to look for.’
Contact medical reporter Stephanie Innes at email@example.com or 573-4134.
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