The Curious Detective
What is Autism?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Written by Mark Haddon this is the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15 year old boy with Autism that knows "all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057". Christopher takes us through the details and events in his life starting with the moment his next door neighbor's dog is found murdered in their front lawn. We go with Christopher as he overcomes obstacles he faces as someone with Autism like talking to strangers, going places alone, and functioning in the world, while trying to wrap his mind around the fact that his mother isn't actually dead but rather living in London.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders can affect verbal and nonverbal communication... In other words Autism makes it hard for kids to express their feelings because for them everything is straight forward, black and white. Children with Autism will sometimes pick one thing they really like and become really smart and completely focused on just that one topic. Body language is harder for them to read because they don’t process social cues the way we do. Other types of Autism Spectrum Disorders are Asperger syndrome, and Childhood disintegrative disorder,
Communication is Key!
As we said earlier children with Autism may not always be able to communicate to us with words but that doesn't mean they aren't talking to us. Many children with Autism will rock or groan when they are in an uncomfortable situation and that is our sign that we need to change something in their routine or day to make them feel more at ease.
Autism "Awareness" - Ten Things You Should Know
So What Can We Do?
As the video showed us it is important for us to LISTEN to what people with Autism are communicating to us and we shouldn't get frustrated when they struggle with something new. We all have things we struggle with and it is important to remember that we wouldn't want to get yelled at every time we slipped up.
Put it Altogether!
To wrap everything up I want each of you to make an acrostic using the word AUTISM and I only want you to use words that describe all of the great qualities children with Autism have. Here is an example of what your poem could look like. This one uses one of the motto's Autism Awareness uses...