Category Archives: childhood

Autism Seminar Notes Part 3

 

Jobs for Middle School and High School Kids

  • Walking dogs
  • Maintaining computers
  • Making Powerpoint presentations  
  • Selling artwork or crafts
  • Working on church or neighborhood website

 

Preparing for Employment 

  1. Jobs for teenagers
  2. Mentors
  3. Visit work place
  4. Trade journals
  5. Wall Street Journal. Make portfolio—people respect talent
  6. Sell your skill, not yourself 

 

Show kids interesting things. 

 

Educational Resources:

  • Community Colleges
  • Technical Schools
  • Online learning
  • University Courses 

 

*I took online courses and one traditional class from community college and a few universities. 

 

Science Websites:

  • U.S. National Science Digital Library Project 
  • The Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) 
  • Physics Education Technology PhET 
  • Open Course Ware Consortium 

 

Jobs for Verbal Thinkers

  • Stocks and bonds analyst
  • Journalist
  • Translator 
  • Librarian
  • Copy editor
  • Accountant 
  • Specialty Retail
  • Bookkeeper & record keeper
  • Budget analyst 
  • Special education teacher
  • Book indexer
  • Speech therapist
  • Inventory control specialist
  • Legal researcher
  • Stage actor 

 

Jobs for Visual Thinkers:

  • Industrial design
  • Computer network specialist
  • Graphic arts
  • Drafting 
  • Auto mechanic 
  • Computer repair
  • Handcrafts
  • Equipment design
  • Convention AV technician 
  • Photographer 
  • Animal Trainer
  • Architect 

 

Bad Jobs for People with Autism

They require lots of short term working memory and fast processing information. 

  • Cashier — making change quickly puts too much demand on short-term working memory
  • Short order cook — Have to keep track of many orders and cook many different things at the same time
  • Waitress — Especially difficult if have to keep track of many different tables
  • Casino dealer — Too many things to keep track of
  • Taxi dispatcher — Too many things to keep track of
  • Taking oral dictation — Difficult due to auditory processing problems
  • Airline ticket agent — Deal with angry people when flights are cancelled
  • Future market trader — Totally impossible
  • Air traffic controller — Information overload and stress
  • Receptionist and telephone operator — Would have problems when the switch board got busy

 

And other fast-paced careers. 

 

Jobs for Music and Math Thinkers 

  • Math teacher
  • Scientific researcher
  • Electronics technician
  • Music teacher
  • Chemist 
  • Computer programmer
  • Engineer
  • Physicist
  • Musician/composer
  • Statistician 

 

Jobs for People with Poor Verbal Skills or Non-Verbal

  • Shelve Library Books
  • Factory Assembly Work
  • Fast Food Restaurant Work
  • Data Entry
  • Lawn and Garden Work
  • Recycling Plant/Warehouse 
  • Stocking Shelves
  • Inventory Control
  • Handcrafts 

 

 

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Dr. Wendy Ross

Dr. Wendy Ross, a pediatrician founded a nonprofit company, Autism Inclusion Resources. The company teaches children with autism and their families skills that would make the world less scary. She was sad to hear stories about families avoiding social outings such as a ball game, a theme park, etc. in fear of having a disastrous outing. Ross also works with people who may encounter autistic individuals and their families. She educates stadium personnel, airline employees, and museum docents, making them aware of the challenges these families face.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/19/living/cnnheroes-ross/

Signs of Autism

The signs of autism are:

  • not responding to one’s name
  • no smiles or any other expression
  • not repeating words or phrases
  • loss of speech
  • stop talking
  • withdrawing away from other people
  • no gestures
  • throwing tantrums randomly
  • sensitivity to sounds, light, textures, touch, and smells
  • lack of emotion
  • flapping around
  • rocking back and forth

Here’s more on the early signs of autism in childhood:

http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Early-Signs-Autism-27331532

How brain responds to hugs that could lead to a better autism diagnosis:

https://www.yahoo.com/health/seeing-how-the-brain-responds-to-hugs-could-lead-104168308312.html

Woman diagnosed with autism at age 21:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/05/13/woman-diagnosed-with-autism-at-age-21/

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/health-family/karen-garloch/article62194432.html