Monday, January 11, 2016

Autism - Obsessions, or are they Passions?

Autism and Obsessions, or are they Passions?
(Louise Page 2009)



           Could what we, as parents, witness in our autistic children as obsessions, really be the indicator of passions and innate talents?

          Could these passionate interests become an area of expertise for the autistic person who is now a child and soon to grow towards adulthood? 

          Should we discourage what appear to be obsessions by ‘training' for reduced behaviours in these areas and hope to influence the child to become more generalized (normalized) in their daily behaviours?

          If we do aim to divert energies away from such passions, could we be halting or stifling that serious endeavor of intrigue and a natural gift towards nurturing a potential genius in a given ‘area' or natural inclination of interests? If not genius in potential, perhaps a natural progressive and intensely personal interest which could open up a field of exploration (career wise?) in the future?

          Could that intrigue with lineated toys; the spinning top; curiosity with the shape of things; what sounds things make; the feel of an object; the rhythm ‘read' in music; bugs in the garden; the weather patterns; the lure of the sea; the patterns, colours and feel of paint on a canvas; the beautiful pitch of a constantly practiced singing voice; relentlessly digging holes in the backyard after the discovery of an intriguing ‘object' in the first hole dug; the repetitive plucking of the strings of a violin........and so on..., be the beginning of an amazing future in design, physics, writing music scores, entomology, meteorology, art, opera, oceanography, archeology, concert violin and so on......?

          Just as we should assist our autistic children with daily living, educational, social, behavioural skills for example, to enable them to achieve a quality, healthy, happy and safe life experience (serving to enhance their important rightful place and acceptance in this world); which could mean temporarily and momentarily diverting their attention from those passionate interests to acquire or improve on such skills.

          Passions are not a sign of bad behaviours or necessarily responding anxiously and negatively to a stimulus. Though a retreat into a passionate area of interest may be in response to stresses or anxiety; a place of familiarity and comfort to escape unwanted, undesired or overwhelming stimulus.


        
          The intensity of this retreat can be detrimental to the individual's wellbeing if, for
example, the passion involves potentially risky physical activity. One example of this, which I can use to explain what I mean here is – an experience of a young autistic man, whose passion is building, repairing and riding motorbikes. One day he felt so sensorally overloaded with various stressors, that he jumped on his motorbike and went flat-out down the local freeway; endangering his life and that of others. Luckily he returned home safely. Fortunately too, he realized that such an action was not the best choice of response to his anxieties.

          Another example, is where a young autistic boy, who had a fascination with all things to do with planes and helicopters, felt upset with those around him at school one day. So upon hearing and seeing a large plane fly above him, he decided to follow it – completely absorbed with its' sound and movement. He crossed roads without looking for traffic and ended up in the next town. Fortunately he stopped in his tracks, not moving, when it had gone out of sight and sound. Also, and most fortunate of all, a kind passer-by recognized his school uniform; phoned the school and the police, and this young lad was returned to the safety of his school and relieved mother.

          Most passionate interests are usually safe in nature and an incredibly important and intrinsic element in an autistic person's life.

          We should not confuse them (passions) with 'poor' behaviours which need ‘rectifying' or dulling for what may be considered ‘normalization'. Behaviours which may be deemed injurious, unsafe or unhealthy, for example, need to be addressed with the autistic person/child. Discovering the cause of the anxieties or concerns which produce such responses/behaviours must be ascertained and the appropriate assistance provided to the autistic person to reduce or eliminate them, for the quality of life.

          Healthy passions can be nurtured along with providing a balanced life skill set of conditions and experiences to assist our autistic children grow and prosper in this sometimes busy, confusing, unforgiving and overwhelming world.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New book on the Autism Spectrum

Hello  all.

I have finally published my latest book - "Heart Shields and Arrows"



If you would like to preview the book, please go to Heart Shields and Arrows - Book 1 - by Louise Page on Lulu.com

The front cover of the book has an added description for the title;



"How the heart and soul of persons, and their families, living with Autism and Aspergers can be impacted by positive and negative life experiences, and how one may respond"  

 Part of the book details on Lulu.com;

Book Details


Publisher   - Louise Page
Published  - 1 August 2015
Language  - English
198 Pages
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior      - Black & white
Weight      - 0.35 kg
Dimensions (centimetres) - 14.81 wide x 20.98 tall


If you purchase this book, you are welcome to leave feedback or comments on my Lulu.com page, on LinkedIn or here on my blog.

I hope that this book with add to the increasing understanding and knowledge of Autism and that the reader with enjoy this first book in the Heart Shields and Arrows collection. 

Best wishes to my readers ;) 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Books for Autism

Hello all.

I have created a new blog, which is exclusively created to highlight my books, eBooks and articles regarding the autism spectrum.

Anyone who is interested in the autism spectrum, whether you be a parent, educator, other professional, friend, family member or a person on the spectrum, can choose which product suits their interests or needs and can purchase one of my Ebooks, paperbacks or articles, some for not much more than the cost of a cup of coffee. 

"Books for Autism"  

I am currently in the process of adding my eBooks, articles, books and other related pieces of information, so this new site will gradually be built upon with various subjects regarding the autism spectrum. 

Have a wonderful day everyone.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day



Some folks don't have someone to share Valentine's Day with. This poem is for these souls.

Valentines Day

Gifts and red roses may come your way
On this the 14th, love’s Valentines Day.

For some there is no us or gifts to give
When in the moment, alone they must live.

Anticipation of receiving a token of care
Is just a whisper of hope in the air.

But all is not lost in the heart felt stakes
If the love for ones-self quietly awakes.

At peace with alone-ness and without pain
Of old worn paths, life’s not the same.

Share a raised glass in the mirror with self
Delivers past woes to the dim, dusty shelf.

Maybe tomorrow a kindred spirit will see
How rich your kind soul is and can be.

Never to worry when envisioning the day
When others are gifting the red rose splay.

Smile and know that love and peace can begin
With allowing ones-self to love from within.

Here is a rose, a thought gift from me
If on this day you feel a wee bit lonely.

Louise Page 2015