Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Autism the symptom of a "broken brain"?

Michelle Dawson says that most scientists try to determine how autistic brains are broken, but Dawson thinks it would be more useful to try to determine how autistic brains work rather than how they are broken. Dawson is one of the leading advocates of autistic research and treatments. Dawson is autistic.


  1. I hate it when people say that an autistic child's brain is broken. I say that my son's brain is just wired differently. He doesn't need to be fixed, he just needs to learn to do things differently. It is harder for him to learn because he processes things differently.

  2. I think a big problem is that people refuse to budge in how they think a person is supposed to learn something. If you can't learn to read by using the exact same phonics method that everyone else uses, there must be something wrong with you, and that's not true. If you learn to read using the sign language alphabet and the computer keyboard (like Sunny's doing, surprisingly) why is that "broken"?
    (My mom posted this blog entry, but I'm commenting too!)