October 2011

Rob has cycled through 8 jobs in the past 18 months, and all of them ended badly. But now he has a job that is NOT in food service, that he can do well, that is an entry-level position in his field of graphic design! He has been there a month and so far, so good; he is working for a small shop that designs and prints promotional items. He is busy, and has to work with customers, but is not having to multitask or deal with high volume customer demands, nor with the smelly/messy aspects of food service. The shop is small and run by a couple that seem to like him; he gets to do very basic design (not challenging but will train him to get his speed up); and he also is getting trained to open and close the shop, etc.

This is a huge blessing, so I pray he is able to keep the job long-term.Excellent work!!!!


Autistic facial characteristics identified.

This is a fascinating article; I’m trying to track down the original study online so I can read it. These boys were between the ages of 9 and 12 when their faces were scanned; I wonder if the phenotypical differences she identified exist earlier (i.e. in the first few years) to help with diagnosis. I also wonder if those facial differences persist into adulthood.

The summary says that the study identified two other subgroups with behavioral and language issues; but it does not say what those facial differences are. That is one reason why I want to read the original study, because Rob had major behavior issues, including repetitive behavior.

Gene cluster is missing in children with autism, researchers say – NashuaTelegraph.com.



Autism Linked With Lack Of Concern For Personal Reputation, Study Finds | Fox News.

They need to do a study to show this? I knew that from living with Rob.

IQ Testing Underestimates Autism Spectrum Intelligence | Psych Central News.

A new study finds that traditional intelligence testing may be underestimating the capabilities of individuals displaying an autism spectrum disorder.

Researchers discovered Asperger’s individuals’ scores are much higher when they are evaluated by a test called Raven’s Progressive Matrices, which encompasses reasoning, novel problem-solving abilities, and high-level abstraction.

By comparison, scores for non-Asperger’s individuals are much more consistent across different tests. Interestingly, Asperger participants’ performance on Raven’s Matrices was associated with their strongest peaks of performance on the traditional Wechsler.

A previous study by the same group found very similar results for autistic individuals as well, whose peaks of ability are perceptual, rather than verbal as in Asperger individuals.

This observation suggests that individuals with autism spectrum disorders have a common information processing mechanism for different aspects of information (verbal vs. perceptual).