“I don’t see the point?” have you ever heard a young person in your care say this? Your first reaction might be to think they’re rude or defiant. But what if they are on the autistic spectrum? It’s not the obvious thing most people think about when they imagine what a young person with autism spectrum condition will be like, but it’s not uncommon.
The term ‘neurodiverse’ is a short-hand used to explain the differences in behaviour, social interaction and obsessions and/or repetitive behaviours found in people on the autistic spectrum. Argumentativeness, being headstrong, forthright and direct are more subtle, but equally valid expressions of the ASD personality. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense.
Listening for neurotypical responses to questions posed to a person with ASD, is failing to understand that even your question will need to be de-coded by them. Intelligent children with high-functioning autism…
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