A Special Interest Is Power

Nadia Shanab | Uncategorized
19 Jul 2013

Individuals with autism might not be doing very well academically, but they might have hidden talents and capabilities. Some of them are real artists playing musical instruments, dancing, painting, drawing, here is an example…Others are very good with mechanics and manual work like Temple Grandin the amazing designer of live stock facilities. Some of them are great in sports, here is an example. Autistic savants excel in math and science and retain a huge amount of information. Autistic people can make great programmers too.

Why is it important to encourage individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) to practice and nourish their passions, their strengths, or their special interests?

1- When getting absorbed and focused in doing things they enjoy and are good at, individuals with ASD feel relieved from their anxiety, frustration, and even their depression. It is an amazing natural and self-generated therapy.

2- It is an opportunity for the brain to function in an appropriate way and get engaged in a useful and productive activity. Chanelling this constructive energy in a positive way allows the brain to explore new horizons.

3- A special interest can turn into a career.

4- Practicing a passion boosts self-esteem.

Parents and educators, do you best to find these hidden treasures and invest in nourching them the earliest possible. Give these talents enough attention and time to be practiced in a structured way. Create a discipline for the child’s passion to be cared for on regular basis. Make it part of the daily schedule. Special interests can change the child’s future, and brings so much happiness and reassurance to the entire family. A special interest can allow your child to become an independent adult.

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