le 6 avril 2014
Une observation simple, naturelle, sans a priori, spontannée, qui permet de comprendre qu'il nous faut rentrer dans le monde de l'autisme pour le comprendre, et non pas l'inverse , car ce serait tout juste voué à l'échec. Cette approche est à conseiller aux enfants de 7 à ................... pour un premièr RDV avec l'autisme.
le 11 mars 2006
This book reminds me of Stephen Stills' classic, "Dark Star." It is the dark star in the constellation of autism literature.
Lucy, 12 is determined to get to know every one of her neighbors on her block. She decides to work her way up from the ground floor, literally. When Lucy meets single mother Marie, her son Matthew, 4 and Matthew's helper, Maougo, she is determined to get to know Matthew better. Matthew has autism.
Marie explains autism as best she can; Matthew likes to spin himself as well as discrete objects; he had difficulty in pronoun usage; his verbalizations are sporadic and he quotes what he hears from television. He is bound to routine and insists on listening to his favorite tape each night. Maougo appears to have rapport with Matthew and lets him play with her hair, which seems to be one of his favorite activities. Upon meeting Lucy, Matthew plays with her hair.
I didn't like the way Bettelheim was quoted, calling autistics "empty fortresses" who are "trapped within their own walls" and don't communicate which simply isn't true. Bettelheim was not a real psychoanalyst, as the author claims he was in this book. He was also exposed as a fraud who abused the children in his care. The definition Lucy's seemingly impersonal parents give her for autism is also unsatisfactory as is the dictionary definition she finds, which said autism is a "pathological withdrawal into an interior world resulting in a loss of contact with reality and an inability to communicate with others." That is not true.
Autism is a neurobiological condition that is NOT caused by one's parents, as Bettelheim claimed and is NOT an inability to communicate. Marie was a good mother to Matthew. It is true that autism affects communication, but it is a condition that primarily affects sensory processing and integration. That in turn affects communication.
I would have thought that by this day and age such misperceptions about autism would have long been disabused and permanently put to rest.