The Effects Of Autism On A Cheerleading Team

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Advancing in the Aspie World I bet you’ve seen at least one before. You know, those articles on the news about someone with autism, doing something amazing that any typical person would never envision them doing. Getting elected homecoming king, being on a cheerleading team, or carrying out an act of kindness that even non-autistic people wouldn’t ever consider are just some of the things that I’ve seen. Though these are spectacular self-esteem lifters for these individuals, warm and fuzzy stories for the public and excellent publicity for wherever they occur, many often forget that autism is a spectrum condition, and functioning levels vary, from wheelchair bound individuals to those in society whose names everyone recognizes. There are autistic individuals on both ends of the spectrum. Those on the lower end exhibit some of the behaviors associated with “classical autism,” like jitters and cognitive impairment. While others, like myself, are on the other end, still “autistic,” but can mask mild symptoms quite well, and function in society though wearing labels of “odd” or “quirky” with high functioning autism, and some are in the middle. No matter which form of autism an individual has, life is different for that person in more ways than one, both beneficial and challenging. I myself have a form of high functioning autism known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s Syndrome, or AS for short, was discovered in the early 20th century by a physician for whom it’s named, who

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