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I’m 73 yr. old female… I was labeled an underachiever early on.. I was always doing my best. It cost me a part of myself… I hated every minute of school (college with honors even). Not marketable as a friend, I was lonely and alone (still)… sat alone, playground alone, ate in the cafeteria alone… my grown sons do not understand why I don’t go out a get a life, socialize and make friends. I”m willing… it just doesn’t work out.
Also…thanks for the personal presentation (of a particular Autism-spectrum disorder.) Searching arXiv autism seems to have brought up the examples that generally look at people’s attention patterns at tasks and converge on good judgement (or, adaptively tutor ASD people until they’re ready to loop in people.) As long as we don’t get daily autism weather from the app, which ugh!
arXiv’s human-machine interfaces section has started collecting machine detection and corrections for this. While wild extant literacy in the DSSM or full employment for therapists (…) might be nice, cheapie fixes are in.
I’m convinced that I am ASD, or rather ADD and Asperger’s. I’ve never been officially diagnosed, although my general practitioner doctor once advanced the possibility that I may be ADD and prescribed Ritalin (had no effect) to combat my unhappy frustration at work. Now retired, it’s less important. But I still feel that discomfiture in social situations and have difficulty communicating. As a child, I was always “shy,” and at school, I was always bullied. A correct diagnosis might have helped mitigate, or at least understand that. But what would it have really changed?
Training teachers to be alert to the symptoms of autism would create a network that identifies and refers kids for diagnosis. I taught at an urban public high school in the ‘90s, and suspected a few of my students who were considered nerds, “out of it,” and bullied by kids, related better with me whom they could trust, were mildly autistic. I didn’t refer them for testing because it wasn’t done; I could have gotten in trouble. Teachers used to teach the curriculum and maintain an orderly classroom—increasingly, schools function as front line social workers and psychologists for kids, but staff isn’t trained. Kid society in school and online is increasingly independent of the adult world, intensifying pressures on autistic kids. We aren’t paying close attention to most of America’s kids, but those on the spectrum are among the most vulnerable.