It’s better to arrive late to the party than not at all. I finally went to see Blue Man Group live in Boston at the Charles Street Playhouse—I’m not exactly in front of the trend here, since they’ve been around since 1987—but like the Statue of Liberty (which I also haven’t been to) Blue Man Group is one of those things lots of people have heard of but don’t think to see for themselves. Read more
Posts Tagged ‘Aspergers’
My son invited me to go with him and his friend to the Anime convention in Connecticut called ConnectiCon in mid July. Not many 20-year-old kids want their Moms with them among their peers, but this is an unusual bunch (see Asperger’s Adds Color to the Universe―and while you’re at it, see The Big Bang Theory –The Excelsior Acquisition on CBS).
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No matter what your outlet is, you can only work creatively in small bursts. Forcing yourself to write for hours, or to paint all day, or to write a song when it’s just not coming is not only frustrating, it’s COUNTER-CREATIVE. Your juicy little mind needs a time out now and again to be able to do what it does automatically. The river in your brain will naturally take you to where ideas are most fertile. But to do this, you have to stop paddling the canoe.
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.
Creative people need geeks to help them master things like simple math and new cellphone technology. And the geeks need us to help them explore their feelings (they do have them) and the complicated world around us in ways that make it bearable. And the rest of the world needs both our kinds.
As the mother of a kid with Aspergers Syndrome (considered to be an Autistic Spectrum disorder), I’ve had the opportunity to watch it from a close distance for 20 years. I’ve learned one thing. It’s not a disability, it’s a gift (see the work of Dr. Tony Attwood). In fact, I think it signals a major evolution of the species. Read more