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Category Archives: Young Adult/Adult
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.
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
LOS ANGELES – “Jeffrey” was barely two weeks into his first job, and already he was about to lose it.
The autistic 21-year-old was good at wiping down tables and cleaning bathrooms at a Virginia fast-food restaurant, but his boss grew alarmed whenever Jeffrey would spin around in the dining room, humming to himself and staring at the ceiling.
But the shy, $8-an-hour custodian managed to keep his job after he was equipped with a specially programmed iPod that used videos, clock alarms and written messages to remind him of work tasks. With his workday clearly delineated, Jeffrey no longer felt so nervous that he had to calm himself down by spinning and humming.
In a case study published last week in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, researchers said the use of an Apple iPod Touch greatly improved the workplace performance of employees diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, or ASD, and greatly reduced episodes of disruptive behavior. The program uses a suite of applications that include lists, scheduled reminders, video prompts, navigation instructions and calming movies or music.
Whereas the program reminded Jeffrey to move on to other cleanup tasks instead of wiping down the same table endlessly, it helped 60-year-old “Grace” cope with the stress of catching the bus to and from work. It also helped 20-year-old “Lily” negotiate her job as a hospital custodian even though she could not read or write. (The names of the study participants are pseudonyms. Their true identities were withheld by the study authors to protect their privacy.)
Today, only 15 percent of U.S. adults diagnosed with autism hold paying jobs, according to study author Tony Gentry, an occupational therapy professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Difficulties involving cognition, behavior and poor communication make it hard for people with autism to be employed. However, occupational therapists say the autistic have valuable workplace skills, and efforts to keep them in jobs help businesses as well as the workers.
Some autistic adults excel at math and computer skills, while others have photographic memory. Others exhibit high levels of honesty, reliability and perseverance, and their limited interest in personal relationships makes them less likely to engage in workplace socializing, according to study authors.
The case study was part of a four-year trial that involved dozens of subjects and was funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The iPod Touch was chosen because at the time the study was designed, it was the only pocket-sized personal digital assistant, or PDA, available.
Ipod in action
Each study subject was also paired with a work coach who helped train the worker to use the program and tapered off involvement as the subject became more proficient at work.
Grace, who also suffered from mild cerebral palsy and epilepsy, worked at a state employment commission sorting mail. Her greatest difficulty involved her commute.
When confronted with the busy street corner where she caught her bus, she would grow anxious, leave her purse on a park bench and stand in the road looking for the bus. Podcasts of her favorite radio shows and music helped relax her, while a reminder told her to phone the transit authority to ask about bus delays instead of standing in the road.
The third subject, Lily, who had Down syndrome, could not read, tell time or understand a calendar. She did housekeeping work in a mother and infant unit of a hospital, and would often lose her focus on tasks such as folding and stocking blankets, cleaning the lactation room and sterilizing work stations.
When she became particularly confused, or was asked to leave the lactation room so a mother could use it, she would become angry and throw soft drinks, stomp her feet or call her mother.
Occupational therapists programmed Lily’s iPod with a color-coded calendar that outlined each day’s tasks in a slide show and provided audio prompts on when to take breaks and when to clock out. Lily’s favorite Disney movies and music were also downloaded to the iPod to keep her occupied during her long bus ride to and from work, a period that was usually filled with boredom and anxiety.
The iPod worked well, authors said, until Lily lost it: Then she relapsed into poor behaviors. When she was given a new device a week later, her work improved. The device was also equipped with a lanyard case to help keep it from getting lost.
The study pointed out that not all adults with autism are candidates for PDA support. “Many people with ASD have cognitive, sensory and motor conditions that would make utilization of such a device problematic,” authors wrote.
“Strategies that provide enlightened workplace supports are clearly needed in order to help people with ASD find useful work and perform successfully on the job,” Gentry said.
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?