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Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781843100980

 

By Terri Mauro, About.com Guide  May 24, 2011


Recently Updated: Parents who wonder why their kids won’t look them in the eye can get a good kid’s-eye view of the problem from “Eye Contact,” an excerpt from the book Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome (the book they gave Max on Parenthood). Teen author Luke Jackson gives a great description of why eye contact is problematical for kids on the autism spectrum — soul-searing at worst, highly distracting at best. He suggests other places kids can look to pretend to be making eye contact. Better still, if adults can understand that listening is more important than looking (and often mutually exclusive), the whole problem can be avoided. If you’ve been upset over your child’s lack of eye contact, and have forced it in an effort to demand attention, there’s some interesting food for thought here. I’ve added a link to the Readers Respond page on advice to parents of kids newly diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, so after you’ve read Luke’s suggestions, add some of your own.


Source: http://specialchildren.about.com/b/2011/05/24/eye-contact-is-overrated.htm



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