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Autistic company by Ruud Hendriks; Lynne Richards

By Ruud Hendriks; Lynne Richards

Social interactions of autistic and non-autistic people are exciting. In every kind of occasions individuals with autism are a part of the lifestyle of these round them. Such interactions exist regardless of the inability of favourite methods of attuning to each other. In Autistic corporation, the anthropologist and thinker Ruud Hendriks—himself expert as a care employee for kids with autism—investigates what substitute potential are often chanced on through autistic and non-autistic humans to set up a shared life. extraordinary in scholarly paintings on autism, the booklet additionally displays on the best way to discuss those strange methods of having on jointly. Drawing on equipment from either the humanities and the social sciences, this research covers very diversified resources, starting from literary works to genuine writing on autism in technology and advisory literature, and from autobiographical money owed to ethnographic observations in a house for autistic humans. “Putting general innovations to a try, Autistic corporation wrenches and fiddles with the very differences that represent our experience of self. by way of doing so, Hendriks succeeds in getting nearer either to autistic and non-autistic extremes, exhibiting how skinny the department among us and them relatively is.” -L.W. Nauta in Krisis

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59 Bettelheim consequently advocated separating the children from their parents as the best treatment strategy - from a modern perspective a wholly erroneous and unforgivable notion. Contemporary authors have greater difficulty placing Kanner’s views. He believed that, alongside a necessary biological predisposition, a psychogenic factor in the occurrence of autism could not be ruled out. Take, for instance, the cool and detached demeanour he noted in parents of the children he studied. These may have been mild autistic traits, which could indicate a genetic component.

They are curious about new things, want to grow up, want to tackle things they are really not yet ready for. Autistic children do not want any of that. They cling anxiously to familiar habits, rules, routines, sequences and rituals. It is as if their laboriously constructed world crumbles again with each change. As if in the absence of a general overview and symbolic coherence this is the only way they can achieve order and safety. Or simply because this is the way their brains work. Be this as it may, everything has to tally for an autistic child.

Flapping the arms and hands, jumping up and down, walking on tiptoe and fluttering motions as if the hands are wings are very typical motor phenomena that are mainly seen in a state of excitement. In higher functioning people with autism repetitive behaviour can take the form of insisting on doing things in a specific way and in a specific order (fixed rituals for going to bed, demanding exactly the same answer to the same question). This is more a matter of compulsion than unconscious behaviour.

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