Monday, June 6, 2011
A recipe and a book
I haven't been reading much, aside from the things I was teaching, in the past months, and I missed it terribly. So I went to the library the other day and found an intriguing book in the new books area called Neurodiversity. Apparently, while I was elsewhere occupied, a movement has developed that emphasizes the strengths of people who are neurologically challenged, like so many in my family, discussing the special abilities of people with ADHD, Aspergers and Autism Spectrum disorders, etc. I wish we had had this when I was advocating for Jeremy in the schools and bringing him up. It would have been very helpful, though we did figure out some of the things such as encouraging active play by ourselves. When he was about 10, we used to give him (by his own request) a styrofoam box and a hammer and send him out on the patio to break the thing apart. It prevented rage attacks and occupied him for a while. He never destroyed anything else in the process, including his own toes or fingers. We just had to sweep up the mess afterwards, and everyone was happy. It was rather like the three hour baths he used to take with bath chalks, writing all over the walls in soapy letters that were easy to wash off. It's a good development, this attitude toward neurological difference. I'm happy to see it.