This is a comment by Eagle34 on the post “Autism in Vogue“.
I actually want to take your opinion further Evan and add something people forget.
Autism is just a processing system, a different way of thinking and learning. The examples the Author signals out from working with Jason is just like any human being who is afraid and ignored: The boy was merely expressing discontent and fear due to, as the author observed, repeated overcorrection.
The problem is, we spend so much time looking at the behaviour and correcting it without digging in deeper. Because those “Behaviours” don’t come from out of nowhere. If there’s a serious issue going on, whether due to past traumas or a significant lack of a support structure for their processing system, then of course they’re going to act out. Every human being reaches their breaking point. And autistic people aren’t any different.
The more we start looking at autistic people as people just with a different way of learning and processing, then the less they’ll feel stigmitised and can contribute to society because from within lie some great talents that could be nurtured if we’d just quit our obsession with “Correcting Behaviour”.
I say this both as an autistic adult myself and someone who has worked with autistic people of all ages for years.
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