Tuesday, February 21, 2012

18th February International Asperger's Day

Today is International Asperger's Day, a day when organisations and communities promote an understanding of Asperger Syndrome. Asperger's is a condition on the Austism Spectrum and it is named after Hans Asperger, the physician who defined what it is and helped to have it recognised. The day is held on his birthday. In Australia Professor Tony Attwood is a strong advocate for children with Asperger's and he is always quick to explain that these children see the world differently not wrongly. There is an amazing film clip of Clay Marzo, a surfer on Youtube with Tony Attwood speaking about Asperger's throughout. And a good book to share with children, especially if you want to introduce the rest of a class to Asperger's in an effort to understand a classmate's behaviour then search out All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman. She has also written some short novels who have children with Asperger's as the main characters and are set in school.

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