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Understanding Asperger Syndrome | Inclusive Coaching | ConnectedCoaches

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Comments (2)

Sarah Milner said:
What a brilliantly written and emotional blog. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. The card is a great idea - simple messages but i would imagine has had a massive impact for you and your son. Let's get them mass-produced and allow parents to fill them in appropriately.

I was out with my kids over the Summer at a go karting circuit. There was a boy there (who was probably about 9 years old) with his brother. The boy was wearing a badge 'autistic and awesome' - at first I just thought it was a statement he was making but then realised that it was being used to make people around him aware so that they would understand his reactions to things. It worked brilliantly when we were having the safety briefing as the rest of the group gave him time to ask all the questions he needed to ask, without him or his parents having to explain anything and overtly special casing him.
It made me realise that I don't think people go out of their way to be intolerant but sometimes they just revert to social norming and react - as you mention in your blog - assuming he was just a badly behaved kid. As organisations like AANE or NAS, and people like you continue to raise awareness, more people will be empathetic and know how to react to and support someone with Asperger's or Autism.
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Colin Bennett said:
Sarah, I agree the more that people understand the signs then the better for coach and participant. Also helping the other participants to understand that naughty behaviour isn't acceptable but if we understand there are children who may act differently then they may be able to help. Thank you to the blog writer as well because it shows there is no such thing as a standard session or a one size fits all - and more importantly as a coach we need to continue to learn and develop our own skills.
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