The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

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Categories: Nonfiction
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Dr. Temple Grandin is herself autistic. It was fascinating to read her account of the evolution of Autism Spectrum Disorder – changes in how it is diagnosed, understood, and studied – as we
...ll as her musings on the current state of autism research. I share her optimism for how advances in neuroscience will continue yielding new insights into the brain's structure. Some important points: (1) We are all on the spectrum. (It's a spectrum.) (2) Neurotypical is not that typical. (3) Autistics contribute meaningfully to society right now. (e.g. Ever heard of Silicon Valley?) We should all creatively look for ways to expand opportunities. For example, imagine the benefits when researchers are hard-wired to see the details first, instead of letting patterns bias their methods and conclusions. (4) Build on strengths of kids with ASD, instead of focusing on deficiencies. This has implications for curriculum requirements in schools; if a child's brain structure prevents him or her from reasoning abstractly, he or she is not going to acquire algebraic number sense through brute force instruction. (5) Look past labels. Saying someone has Autism Spectrum Disorder does not tell you that much; you have to understand each person as an individual, because ASD is really an umbrella diagnosis.MoreLess
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