Cos that's what the medical professionals here in the UK refer to it as. Nowadays Aspergers is described as a part of ASD, which is a more collective term.I'm not suggesting it's bad to say "on the spectrum" but people do tend to use that phrase in a derogatory way (I know I certainly have in the past).(I have a child with ASD so I am reasonably informed).
Quote from: shark on November 19, 2018, 04:38:54 pmQuote from: habrich on November 19, 2018, 04:22:50 pmI'd suggest "intelligent" rather than "on the spectrum". I thought it was typically the case that those with aspergers are often very intelligentDunno. I am not expert. Honnold seems to me remarkably similar to lots of successful people I have met in academia and especially in my previous career, mostly male but not exclusively, who combine a hyper-rational approach to life with perceived insensitivity. My suspicion is that the eagerness to label them as "on the spectrum", "unempathic" or abnormal in some way is born from factors like jealousy or intellectual incomprehension rather than any kind of understanding of clinical psychology. Honnold's foundation is a good example of how people like that can be misunderstood. He appears "cold" to some but actually donates a third of his income and makes a considered objective effort to make the maximum long-term impact from his foundation rather then being blown around by whatever fashionable emotive concern has most recently hit Facebook. Not unlike Bill Gates actually.
Quote from: habrich on November 19, 2018, 04:22:50 pmI'd suggest "intelligent" rather than "on the spectrum". I thought it was typically the case that those with aspergers are often very intelligent
I'd suggest "intelligent" rather than "on the spectrum".
Regards the concept of donating money to causes; donating in a rational thought-through way is an example of logical thinking. It doesn't mean someone understands how to relate day-to-day with empathy with the people closest to them.
You could argue the point about what's of most benefit to 'cause xyz' - intelligently focused financial contributions or some personal TLC.
No, but I don't think I wrote that. We were discussing whether Honnold is "on the spectrum". I am happy to defer to your knowledge, but it seems to me that functional smart people with Honnold-like characters are so common that assigning them some kind of pejorative label like "on the spectrum" is both lazy and somewhat offensive, and, perhaps more importantly, unhelpful to kids and adults who are actually in need of professional help for ASD etc.
So.... over the last 5 years I have become a Specialist Teacher running a unit to include pupils with communication and interaction difficulties in mainstream education. Perhaps.,?!I am qualified to comment on some of the a
Phrases like 'we're all on the spectrum somewhere' can really frustrate people within the autistic community because they might say something like 'so you're on the spectrum are you...when was the last time you were so crippled by anxiety that you couldn't leave your house?'
...a 4 dimensional spectrum if you will..
...In my opinion (untrained) many of the diagnosis were because parents wanted a diagnosis, autism has a huge amount of funding, and it's an easy answer to give people. I say that because if we had wanted we could have easily had our daughter labeled that way from medical professionals in order to make sure she got the help she needed. In the 90's, every kid who had issues at school was ADD or ADHD. Now autism "spectrum" is becoming a catchall of a different kind. I think it's bullS^&*, and as Habrich mentioned it has alot to do with money.
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