On raising a son on the autism spectrum, progressive politics, pop culture, and coffee addiction.
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Is modified hearing one of the characteristics that is across the spectrum, or just for Bud? It would seem that barometric pressure sensations would be connected to the inner ear. Possible connection? Well, no scientist am I, but I like your questions.
Actually, barometric pressure does all KINDS of things to people. My daughter was born right before a major nor'easter (we have great "going to the hospital" pictures with big, black storm clouds in the background) and the nurses all said that many, many babies are born right when low pressure moves in... They were still talking about the babies born right before a hurricane the year before!And the connection to the sea is interesting, too... something about the waves and the experience that fills a real autistic need- one that I can sense and sympathize with!
This is apropos of absolutely nothing, but we had our ASD Parent Group meeting tonight, and we'd like to bring an outline for a "buddy-system" (similar to the one you described for your son) proposal to our school system. I was hoping you might be able to put me in touch either with a resource at your school system or with a national organization who might have a prototype outlined. Our school system is small and not very creative, but they are pretty good at responding when we bring them the information to implement. The school system here is very publicly trying to address bullying issues in response to a tragic case on the mainland, and a very upsetting one locally: One of our local parents had a terrible situation w/his two junior high age girls on the spectrum which necessitated his pulling them out of school. A buddy-system could have easily prevented the situation from escalating to the unfortunate point it did, and the school system seems very open to good proposals right now.
I have been pondering for a while the apparent lack of research (at least, from what I can find) into these types of questions about Autism. Many days I notice something about Simon that makes me wonder about connections, complexities. I was especially struck by your distinction between a remarkable memory vs an inability to forget. Fascinating. To me... it's these types of questions that hold the treasure. Instead, all the money seems to be pouring into the search for the cure/big budget galas and salaries a la Autsim Speaks. I need to win the lottery and start my own research foundation...
Re: another post...Congrats! Great guest post for Autism Awareness month!
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