By Linda Andron, Tony Attwood, Liane Holliday Willey
For the households who've contributed to this paintings, residing with autistic spectrum problems has been a trip of self-discovery. With honesty and humour, they describe the methods autism has affected their day-by-day lives, the demanding situations they've got confronted and the ways they discovered helpful. They proportion their useful and unique suggestions for facing concerns comparable to supporting childrens to increase empathy and humour, constructing and conserving friendships and explaining their autistic spectrum problems to people. This booklet may be of use to households of youngsters with autism and the pros who paintings with them.
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I’d like to say my cartoon caused Glen to stop thumping people on the head, but it was a while before we were able to convince him that it hurt the person he thumped and therefore he shouldn’t do it. He still drums on my back and shoulders (sometimes surprising me with a sudden onslaught) but he has learned to temper it so it doesn’t hurt. Usually. And when I tell him he’s hurting me, he stops. HUMOR, IMAGINATION, AND EMPATHY IN AUTISM 55 Even typical children may not know that their own actions can hurt others unless someone tells them.
He wanted to be the doctor. Humor and Empathy Humor He that is of merry heart hath a continual feast. – Proverbs 15:15 The Queen of Hearts She bought some parts To fix her Chevrolet. The Knave of Hearts Installed those parts And drove the car away. Glen was not yet six, but he could read very well and was familiar with the original besides, so he knew I was taking liberties with a classic. He was outraged. He did not think it funny at all. In fact, he became quite angry, snatched the book from my grasp and stomped away.
Typical children do this quite naturally. I had a friend whose two-year-old used a clothespin as a pistol, much to her dismay. I immortalized Evan and Glen’s similar (though longer awaited) inventiveness in a cartoon. 10: Brio pistols. Certain toys are very popular with children with autism. Among these are wooden train sets. Most of the time, Evan and Glen liked to put track together and run trains (or, in Glen’s case, crash them), but on one occasion, they tried something new. HUMOR, IMAGINATION, AND EMPATHY IN AUTISM 39 although this can be difficult.