My research topic is about how autistic people see the world. I was interested in this topic because i want to understand them better. This relates to Temple Grandin’s “Margins to Mainstream” because the chapter is about understanding and seeing people with ASD’s perspective. Since people with atypical brains see the world so differently, this makes their actions different from ours. If we don’t understand how they operate, then we will end up assuming or classifying them as less of a person. After studying and discovering the misconceptions of autism, my perspective of the condition has changed entirely.
One misconception is that they don’t have the capacity in the brain to perform basic social functions. This just isn’t true, the reason they are socially awkward isn’t because they’re not smart. It’s because they are most times confused and uncomfortable with social interactions. Another common view of autism is that they’re not able to do anything well. But in actuality, they are more alike us than you think. (Zolfagharifard and Grandin) Of course there’s downs to their atypical brains but what people might not know are the upsides.
Some challenges that people with ASD is any social interaction. They don’t get why the average person does what she or he does. This leads to them being confused. With this confusion comes a reaction. People see these reactions as a disorder and a disability. But this is just a product of the situation that they’re in. They react if they are being attacked because they feel very vulnerable. Of course no one wants that pressure on their shoulders so they explode and leave the situation so they can collect themselves. (Peters, Grandin, and Robinson)
However even with all these things sometimes, they have strengths that succeed the average person’s limitations. An example of this is when they see something that holds interest in. It varies from person but a photographic memory can hold as a big asset to them. They think in ways no else can and find answers to the hardest of questions. Academically, they perform at the pinnacle of their class because of the way their brain works out situations. (Grandin)
In conclusion you cannot dismiss the brilliance that is inside the diverse brain of someone with ASD. Also it’s important to remember that although they may struggle at certain takes, that doesn’t make them less of a human. It just means that they’re different. Another good thing to be mindful of is that there is a spectrum of how much autism affects people. With that being said, you might be more a like these kind of people than not alike.
Grandin, Temple. An Inside View of Autism. Indiana University Bloomington, 2017. https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/An-Inside-View-of-Autism . Accessed on 6 March 2017
Peters, Dan. A First-Person Perspective on Anxiety and Autism. Psychology today, 24 April 2014. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/worrier-warrior/201404/first-person-perspective-anxiety-and-autism . Accessed 6 March 2017
Robinson, John Elder. New findings on Sensory Overload: A First-Person Perspective. Autism Speaks, 2017. https://www.autismspeaks.org/node/123951 . Accessed 6 March 2017
Zolfagharifard, Ellie. How people with autism see the world: Gaze of those with the condition bypasses faces to see details such as colour and contrast. Daily Mail (Uk), 23 October 2015. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3286740/How-people-autism-world-Gaze-condition-bypasses-faces-details-colour-contrast.html?scrlybrkr . Accessed 2 March 2017.