SOMETHING WAS WRONG with Kai Markram. At five days old, he seemed like an unusually alert baby, picking his head up and …
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This article is very scientific in nature but holds a more narrative tone of presenting information on autism. It tells the story of Henry Markram, a renowned neurologist and his diagnosed autistic son, Kai. The article starts by describing Kai’s early childhood, which was filled with outbursts and social odd reactions. One of the most powerful quotes in the article by Henry Mackrem states, ““You know how powerless you feel. You have this child with autism and you, even as a neuroscientist, really don’t know what to do.” This quote displays the complete emotional conundrum of autism. If a parent who is known as the most knowledgeable neurologist feels powerless against their child own child, one can only imagine the fear and misunderstanding as a parent or figure without this background. This article goes onto describe autism is a more an emphasis on cognitive functions instead of a lack of cognitive functions. In fact, the article describes autism is the ability to see the “intense world.” Overall, this article gave a new insight to the interworking of children with autism by describing this neurological difference in layman’s term.
I found this article to be extremely beneficial. In the classroom, I always heard about a child who was diagnosed with autism, but the wide degree of cases left me confused of what autism actually entails. This article used a story to describe autism by weaving scientific facts throughout it. It left me feeling emotional and somewhat saddened toward the issue. Many people in the world do not know or care to know about the tendencies of autistic children or adults. Education about autism should be more widespread. As a future teacher, I believe it is my job to try to understand as much as possible about this neurological functioning.
One of the most interesting aspects of the article describes an aspect of autism called “mind blindness.” Mind blindness is the failure to take others perspectives. This even includes make believe or imagination games. Therefore, students with autism often have difficult times imagining abstract concepts or putting themselves in other roles. Instead, they focus on objects or systems like the solar system. I remember a girl in my elementary school with Asperger’s, a specific type of autism. She knew every type of llama and the geographical location of each type, but could not play “house” without an outburst. I never understood why she would act this way besides the fact that she was diagnosed with Asperger’s. This makes sense now. After reading this article, I have a deeper understanding of autism, which will help me understand autistic students in the future.