The Reality of Autism/Asperger's
Zoe Zuniga & Melanee Tannehill
5 thoroughly explained quotations
"Mr. Jeavons, the physcologist at the school, once asked me why four red cars in a row made it a good day, and three red cars in a row made it a quiet good day, and five red cars in a row made it a super good day, and why four yellow cars in a row made it a black day, which is a day when I don't speak to anyone and sit on my own reading books, and don't eat my lunch, and take no risks." (P.24, second paragraph)
The gist of the quote is, the fact that Christopher likes everything in his life aligned, he's very organized and feels more at ease when he has a pattern to go by. He goes by colors to show his espressions of how he feels and how his day went and how it's going to go.
"And there were 31 more things in this list of things I noticed but Siobhan said I didn't need to write them down. And it means that it is very tiring and I am in a new place because I see all these things, and if someone asked me afterward what the cows looked like, I could ask which one, and I could do a drawing of them at home and say that a particular cow had patterns on it like this." (P.142)
He is a very graphic/visual learner unlike anyone else. He can see things and store them in his brain for when needed. This a huge advantage that he has and he just percieves the minor details that most people don't pick up. Most would pick up obvious details that may not be so obvious for him because he's always focused on the smaller picture.
"But I started screaming in the car becuase there were too many people in it and Jack and Polly weren't in my class and Jack bangs his head on things and makes a noise like an animal, and I tried to get out of the car, but it was still going along and I fell out onto the road and I had to have stitches on my head and they had to shave the hair off and it took 3 months for it to grow back to the way it was before." (Pg. 158, third paragraph)
Christopher gets very frustrated fairly qucikly, there's a time crunch on his behavior. He doesn't like being overwhelmed and cramped and seemed to have not wanted to get out of any other way than to just escape. He knew he had to get out of there, but wasn't sure how to go through with it until it became to much to the point of needing stitches.
"And then I tried to think about what I had to do, but I couldn't think because there were too many in my head, so I did a maths problem to make my head clearer" (Pg. 146, second paragraph)
Often times it's nice to just take your leave in the real world for a little while and just get your thoughts together. Christopher's way of doing this is by solving math problems because there's always a straight forward answer at the end and in math the solution is just hiding underneath all these equations and problems, then there lies the answer and it's so pure. This is what draws Christopher in and in order to calm him self down from completly falling apart, because he is in no condition to do so, he just simmers down his mind with some math problems. Nothing else could quite do the job like math could, it was his chance of freedom from the wrath the world and reality brings him.
Causes and Symptoms of Autism + Aspergers
- (ASD)- Autism spectrum disorder
- Abnormalities in the structure of
- could be linked to heredity,
medical, genetic issues.
- communication development
- lacking interest.
- difficulties understanding people/
- genetic disorder that effects brain function.
- A common group of genes in which they variate to make an individual open to vulnerbiltiy of developing Asperger's syndrome disorder. (ASD)
- challenges in communication
- judgement of facial expressions are misread by them
- abrrupt behavior
- socially awkward
- don't understand what volume their voices should be at
- narrow interests.
- exceed in one subject and do poorly in others.
- cannot articulate anything that doesn't include their interests
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