Here we go… again?!?!

A spectrum (plural spectra or spectrums) is a condition that is not limited to a specific set of values but can vary infinitely within a continuum.
 
The autism spectrum or autistic spectrum describes a range of conditions classified as neurodevelopmental disorders and are characterized by social deficits and communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, and in some cases, cognitive delays.

It’s a spectrum people!  I can’t even process in my brain why it is so hard for people to figure the concept of a spectrum out!  Why for the love of God is it so difficult?!?!!?

I know, I know! You work with some guy whose sister’s friend’s aunt’s brother’s third cousin has autism.  And they are nothing like Roo, so you can’t possibly believe that he has autism, because…

… kids with autism…

1.     don’t make eye contact

2.    don’t talk

3.    can’t possibly function in the mainstream classroom

4.    don’t have creative imaginations

5.    dont’ have the ability to make friends

6.    don’t hug or show affection

7.   don’t have empathy or show sympathy for others

8.   don’t have competent brain function.

Seriously, you exhaust me!  Yes I know, my kid blows your mind with how unautistic you think he is!

This week we had to have an IQ test at school.  He did very well!  I’ll spare you the details, but needless to say it has started an onslaught of fuss from the peanut gallery!  “See I told you there was nothing wrong with him”  “He not Autistic he’s bored!” blah blah blah  

Honestly, his IQ has nothing to do with Autism, and actually according to the IQ test itself his autism actually reduces his overall IQ because of his “social deficits and communication difficulties.”  The test does not change the fact that he has SPD, nor does it chage the fact that he has difficulties with emotions and communication.

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