The recent post on Asperger’s and Creativity has gotten a lot of response from educators and parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders, so I’d like to share a response from one of the top educational researchers in the field of Asperger’s Syndrome. I contacted Tony Attwood, author of the Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome with my recent post on the subject of Asperger’s and Creativity, and he sent a comment to me by email, which he has agreed to share.
The Asperger’s post has also gotten a lot of response from teachers and parents involved with children who are different in any way from what we expect to be the “norm.” Sit down and watch reality TV for a few hours tonight and you’ll come to realize there is no such thing as normal. Our civilization moves forward in tiny increments because of the different thoughts and actions we have that combine to make a rich, colorful, messy global mosaic that can be seen from deep space as Earth.
Please celebrate all that is unique about your children, and all those around you!
Here’s the email from Tony Attwood:
Thank you so much for the message and link to your blog. You refer to the concept of Asperger’s syndrome representing a form of evolution and indeed, I have often said that Asperger’s syndrome may be the next stage of human evolution.
Thank you so much for the comments that my work has helped you with regard to your son….Your son is not alone in having Asperger’s syndrome and a fascination with Japanese anime and I know that Japan is often a favoured destination of many people with Asperger’s syndrome. I am so pleased that he does not think Asperger’s syndrome is a big factor in his life anymore. He may be of those ten percent of individuals with Asperger’s syndrome who eventually become in their early adult years, subclinical, that is, the characteristics are more a description of childhood than the adult years. The original signs have sufficiently dissolved to describe the person as an unusual personality but not having a distinct syndrome.
Thank you so much for describing his successes which give great heart to me.
I recommend that any parents of children with Asperger’s read the latest book by Tony Attwood, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome.
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