An Autistic Boy Confronts the Social Expectations of His Teen Years

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Typically sensitive NY Times essay from the lovely Priscilla Gilman, on her autistic son confronting social expectations of the teen years:

The night before his 13th birthday, Benj came to the door of my office and knocked in his typically abrupt way. “Mommy, I need to talk to you,” he said. “I’m really worried about tomorrow.” Benj is on the autism spectrum, and special days cause him more than the usual trepidation. I rushed in with reassurances about the specifics that had concerned him in the past. “What’s worrying you, honey?” I asked. “I’ve told the school to do the special gluten-dairy-free treat for you, and remember we’re going to have the home party this weekend.” But it was not the mundane details of the day that were on Benj’s mind. “Mommy, I’m nervous about becoming a teen.”

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  1. lisaspiral on 23.10.2013 at 15:43 (Reply)

    I enjoyed this article. My first question after finishing reading Quiet was how does introversion relate to the autism spectrum. Many of the indicators of introversion are apparent and exaggerated in people with an autism diagnosis. The bias toward extraversion in the culture could certainly explain some of the large increase in children diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

    Many of the tools used to desensitize or to function in the extrovert climate are also used in autism education. Particularly with the higher functioning, having a passion for the subject can shift the behavior of someone with autism dramatically. There are theories that it’s not that these people can’t read social cues, but that they are so sensitized they can’t differentiate. There are also theories that people with autism actively tune out, as a self defense, and so miss social cues.

    Any parent of a child with autism will tell you those children learn exactly which buttons to push, just like the “normal” kids.

  2. Wouter on 09.03.2014 at 15:13 (Reply)

    I think it’s a great article about autism, I’ve myself Asperger Syndrome.
    To my experience, introversion and the autism spectrum have overlapping characteristics.
    Here are the differences in a table between “asperger” and “normal”.
    http://oi60.tinypic.com/348rds7.jpg

  3. Wouter on 28.03.2014 at 06:28 (Reply)

    A MUST-READ if you want to start the introversion revolution:

    http://media.wix.com/ugd/47fbb1_141049f056254ebbb8ed273e545b017a.pdf?dn=You%2BMay%2BBe%2B“Insaneâ€

    I promise you, if you can read the book without becoming “mad”, I think you can help change the world.

    1. Wouter on 29.03.2014 at 04:02 (Reply)

      http://media.wix.com/ugd/47fbb1_141049f056254ebbb8ed273e545b017a.pdf?dn=You%2BMay%2BBe%2B%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9CInsane%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%9D%2Band%2BDon%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99t%2BEven%2BKnow%2BIt!.pdf

  4. Darrick Lohman on 28.03.2014 at 10:43 (Reply)

    Please do not take the autistic’ s microphone away. Lets talk umbrellas.

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