Posted: 30/12/2015 at 13:16
16....never realised that an old obsessive like me might actually be normal! I endorse all that's been said about people being individuals, not the labels society, or worst of all the medical profession, hang around their necks. I think you need a lot of patience to work with/understand aspergers and autistic children. Sadly many adults just don't understand that it's not an illness, or abnormality that needs to be avoided. Time and patience are in short supply these days.
When I worked with special needs children of all descriptions in the "normal" system, it was just time and patience and that was needed to establish how best to help a child fit in to what is often an uncompromising situation. The children often knew how they could be helped and it just needed somebody to explain the why and wherefore to all those staff (and class members) around them.
But it's not just autism - my grandson has cerebral palsy and his mother has fought tooth and nail to get him accepted as "just another child" whilst the medical profession refer endlessly to "a special needs child" and what he can't do. Delighted to say he actually can do considerably more than they predicted, mainly because he has been allowed to "just get on with it" in normal situations.