Compassion For Those Who Are Different

Aug 16, 2021 By Andre, 12
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For those mature 8th or 9th graders looking for a light read, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an exciting mystery from a first-person angle of a humorous fifteen-year-old autistic British boy named Christopher.

Although the chapters may be a bit confusing because of a slightly unique twist to the chapter numbering and Christopher’s mind wandering, I learned a lot about the neurological effects of autism and Asperger's Syndrome (a mild form of autism), and I bet you will too.

Here’s an acrostic poem based on what I learned, and I hope we can all be more sensitive and understanding for those who think and socialize differently.

Understanding Autism (ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder) 

Always physically moving, typically with repeating motions (called “stimming” for stimulation)

Unusually observant of details & seeks logical order in everything

Taught to recognize or understand their own and other’s complex emotions; slow to trust people or adapt to changes

 Interested in concrete facts and figures in their field of interest rather than intangible, conceptual ideas like abstract metaphors or idioms

Socially uncomfortable and blunt (dislikes lying/joking) uneasy communicating, avoids eye contact; may dislike physical contact

Males are 4-5 times more likely to be diagnosed; lifetime condition 


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Rin August 29, 2021 - 12:32pm
Sounds like an interesting read! Might look into it