From a 1960's era National Geographic Magazine
This could have been the picutre of my 1st grade "autism" class room taken in 1967 and the teacher could well have been my Mrs. Nutter (actual name) . The only thing I don't like about this picture is the fact it is a white straight and narrow classroom typical of the era. Like legions of old Autisitc like me,we all had the very best absent chance in the world of overcoming autism in this enviroment -and we did! The structre of this classroom was such there was always order, you even asked permission to go to the pencil sharpner. This structure and the gunine hope we displayed via our splinter akills and the quality of the teaching assured we were pulled out from our autism shell. The Blue Print for this old working autism is the book The Enigma, the biography of Alan Turing (1912 -1954) he was autistic and father of the computer.
The teacher took a personal interest in everyone of her students and made sure to the best of her ability we did our very best. In autism's case they figured out as we did the obious was not obvious, however, results were results and they grew used to us "daydreaming" laughing to our selves (as we read our picture thoughts) as well as, somehow finally learning the lesion the rest of the class figured out before we did. They learned to tolerate and pry into our little professior ,super intelligent conversation we had and even tried to use that to help us. Hindsight tells us they were just playing up to our splinter skills and obessions. If only modern autism could do the same thing? It worked really well. My teachers crafted projects for me to do that unknowingly fit my style. I remember going out of doors after a big tree was cut down in the school yard and counting the rings on it to detemine its age as a special project.
Keep in mind Autism was not diagnosable in this era and in my case and many others like me- heaven knows they didn't try to diagose us with something. Besides my self other old Autistic report being seen by school psychologists and even higher level psychologist from a state univerisity. Many of us were border line special education but, yet we just ended up being tutored mostly. Our parents, teachers and tutors all seen the promise in us and let us fullfill it and no one was there to diagnose autism or "sing its impossible".
We might have done it all backwards and missed all the Rain Man Era Autism and even blueprinted how autism really works but we were and are to this day out flanked by the Autism Empire that really does see the trouble with autism. Autism now can't remember us or admit to us as if it did we would unintentionally show new age autism missed the point, left out our best assests in the new deal. If Rain Man Era Autism had not developed our figured out Autism the building blocks of the mind ,would be known by now. This is the next 1000 chapters in psychology and it remains hidden in the glamor of new age autism.
I pitty the new age of autism, its teachers and parents that are forced to adhere to the new age autism system. The hope and promise of autisitc student vanished like a fart in the wind as new age autism made our obession and splinter skills taboo. Modern autism naturally assumes we are dumb as a sack of rock and has never seen the joy of us breaking threw. Now-a- days modern autism has no reason to conect the dots as the complete autism picutre is very well explained and it proves they are in the wrong ball park.
Rich Shull on the Blog Pre Rain Man Autism
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