Autism 3

1760 WordsOct 8, 19998 Pages
"Many years ago, I watched a young boy rock back and forth as he worked a crossword puzzle. I tried to distract him from working the puzzle to ride bikes with me. I continuously asked him to play with me, but he kept staring at the puzzle while I attempted to look in his eyes. He took the puzzle apart and flipped the pieces in the air, one at a time. He did not speak, but he made crying noises. The more I asked questions or talked to him, the louder his cries became. As his frustration grew, he balled his fists up, punched his eyes, and kicked his feet. I was curious about his activity. I was later told the boy {my brother} was autistic," says Tamara Robinson in an interview. Autism is "a syndrome of childhood characterized by a…show more content…
Normal children demonstrate social skills through vocational and expression. The normal child enjoys the presence of people and expressing themselves to other people. However, the autistic one has more interest in objects than people do. For example, a young autistic girl would be more interested in the arm and leg movements of a doll, whereas, a normal child would be fascinated with combing the doll's hair, dressing the doll, and talking to the doll. The young girl would perhaps imagine the doll as if it were a real human being. The autistic one has no concept of imagination. Investigators have stressed the lack of normal socialization as the key in defining this syndrome because "autistic children exhibit a fundamental failure in socialization, as exhibited by their lack of social interaction" (Cohen 28). If language is present, it is usually not used as a means to interact. For example, an older autistic individual "may begin a discussion without providing the listener with adequate background information and may fail to take social norms or the listener's feelings into account (like telling someone they were fat), (Volkmar 41). A mute autism may not use proper facial expressions or any expressions at all when interacting. If an autist does eventually establish a social relationship, he or she would "lack the richness and differentiation seen even in young normally developing children," (Volkmar
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