The Power of Special Interests for Kids
The Great Hubbabutt emerges from a Dude's past.
This morning a couple of items really brought home for me the power of special interests in the lives of young people with autism.
--- Matt at Dude I'm an Aspie has written a lovely post that details his childhood cartooning, and explains how significant reviving that obsession has been in working with his Aspergers: "To understand Asperger’s as a positive thing, for me, is to understand why I made the Newses. They are irreverent, idiosynchratic, incomprehensible, and an essential portrait of who I was at age 10. The time I spent on them was unquestionably enjoyable, as I often churned out entire issues in a few days in bursts of free-flowing creativity. They are my most special of special interests."
--- George Maroun III is a nonverbal nine-year-old with autism. He loves opera singer Andre Bocell, and was able to attend a recent concert. Please watch the video on this page and see George be as happy as someone can be.