You must view these videos of a boy with Autism!

Within seconds of it appearing on the screen I instantly recognized the young teen as having Autism. This vid captures how most people misunderstand them and in turn how they misunderstand social cues we take for granted.

I hope everyone takes a min to watch the vid.

This one as well:

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SO SAD! As a teacher of children w/ Autism this also makes me angry.
Exploitive! I still am amazed at the cruelty of people for the handicapped!
Wish this boys parents would pull these videos off Youtube! Sigh!

I brought this video up during a meeting I had with members of the autism team last week, having discovered it the night before. While I have mixed feelings regarding his use of the vids (he's made 108 so far which I've watched the majority of them). I felt that these two were a particular learning tool for those that aren't familiar with autism.

Many in our society may view them as rude or trouble makers in school (that always makes me cringe), as I'm forever educating other teachers in the school. The first vid especially showed how his view and what he felt was appropriate behavior was off the mark. What struck me the most was he believed his behavior was humorous and he genuinely didn't know he was doing something inappropriate.

I believe his caregivers are aware of his vids (not entirely sure if they know exactly what he's been doing) as he frequently speaks of his moms objections to more than 1 made every two weeks.

Overall, I viewed them in a positive light as they are wonderful educational tools but hope that someone is looking out for him as well and not exploiting him.

shelby,corky,&fergus' wrote:
SO SAD! As a teacher of children w/ Autism this also makes me angry.
Exploitive! I still am amazed at the cruelty of people for the handicapped!
Wish this boys parents would pull these videos off Youtube! Sigh!

You know, I disagree in that the videos appear to be a good "talk-therapy" for him and he enjoys making them. I agree with Marianne in that I don't see it as exploitive so much as educational. A good friend of mine is the head of the autism program in our school district - he struggles often with getting people to understand that people with autism are genuinely sincere and not trying to be disruptive/act out. I think these videos are the best demonstration of that I've ever seen. Someone who has no personal experience with people with autism really can't understand it unless they see it.
I actually think these videos are great. My son has an autism apectrum disorder, and I think he owuld benefit from some type of video journal. Although, if it were on YouTube I would disable the comments so people wouldn't be able to leave cruel comments.
I can't watch the videos from work, but I do think it's sad how other people are cruel to people who are a little different.

On this season of America's Next Top Model, there is actually one girl in the running who has a mild form of autism. (I can't remember her name!!) She has openly explained this to the judges and the other girls, and some of the girls STILL treat her like a freak. The girl with autism went even went so far to explain how she may seem a little ackward in social situations or may seem more distant. However, one girl in particular (Kimberly) continues to make rude and offensive remarks about her though. :(

I am happy to report that so far, the autistic girl is doing GREAT in the competition! :)
Thank you for posting the video. In my ignorance would not have known this young man had autism.

When I first started listening to him, I smiled about him giving the girl the answers... until he said none of them were right but she wouldn't know it. Then about going through her purse... but taking the items... breaking all her pencils.

The thought process seems to start out harmless but it takes an unexpected turn at the intersection when a choice has to be made. Going through her purse is not right but basically harmless... until he takes the items or breaks them.

So can children/adults with autism of this type be taught to make better decisions or is it completely beyond their ability? Is it more impulsive or compulsive behavior or not being able to foresee a problem they're decision may make.

I'd like to understand...
I would disable the comments so people wouldn't be able to leave cruel comments.

I agree... people can be so cruel sometimes. :(
I'm confused, I googled Dax Flame and his supposed real name of Madison Patrello of McKinney, Texas and this is supposed to be a hoax ?
6Girls wrote:
Thank you for posting the video. In my ignorance would not have known this young man had autism.

I wouldn't either. I'm just being honest, but I would've just thought he was a dorky teenager without social skills. What is the immediate giveaway that he is autistic? And am I correct in assuming that we're talking about a milder form of autism, like an Aspberger's or something like that? I guess I really don't know much about autism at all. Now I'm going to have to go do a bunch of reading!
Aspberger's... that's what the ANTM girl has!
WOW, there are TONS of video responses on YouTube showing "proof" that it's fake. But I'm not sure what to believe really. He's entertaining regardless if he's acting or not. The thing that bothers me is that the people making the cruel comments aren't acting... they really are cruel callous people.
I've heard stories that he's fake but personally from my experience with people who have autism, especially this form Aspergers (high functioning), I believe he's 100 real, or one heck of an actor. The autism "spectrum" is huge, ranging from non verbal (aprox 50 %) to those in the genius level. Some believe Bill Gates falls into the top spectrum, which has been called eccentric.

I'm also disturbed by the comments or suggestions on You Tube. I really hope a teacher, friend or parent is helping him and is talking to him after the vid is made. While it's life long disability many become aware with education and advocate for themselves, but will always remain "quirky". The girl on Top Model is amazing in my opinion, she has learned some great coping mechanisms.

My eldest son has Aspergers, has a job, lives in his own place and is currently shopping for an apartment to purchase. He has an IQ of 200 (seriously not a typo) can speak for hours on topics of interest to him, but would be unable to fiqure out how to mail a letter for example, unless someone showed him. Interestingly enough, many people with autism look at your mouth when you speak and not your eyes, which is misinterpreted by some as being untruthful. They have difficulty reading cues, and body language.

Just the other day, A seventh grader in my school was upset because another boy in the class was staring at him. He became angry, growled and ready to have a melt down. I walked over and explained that the other boy may have liked his shirt, hair or just wanted to be friends. Later myself and the Integration teacher looked over and the two had engaged in conversation. These children need help in interpreting what's going on around them as they miss social cues that the majority of us have learned as toddlers. Educating those around them helps too.

This same child slipped a note in my purse at Christmas 2 years ago which I keep in my wallet. It said, thank you for being nice to me. I will try to remember to be nice to you.

Awww, what a sweet note. My Joseph is somewhere around the "Eccentric" range on the spectrum. He is very smart (not quite 200, but somewhere around 135). He's somewhat of a rarity for spectrum kids, as he is very coordinated and athletic, as well as smart... but put him into a social situation, and he gets very frustrated and vert confused very easily.
I don't know if Dax is real or not, but I agree with Marianne... if he's not, he must be a very good actor, and completely captures the essence of Asperger's... and he's just darn cute. His enthusiasm is very endearing. My son sounds a litle like your son, Marianne... he can go on and on about the periodic table (he's only 9... well, he'll be 10 tomorrow), and he knows a TON of trivia about sports, and is exceptional at vocabulary, spelling, and mental math. My 7 year old is not on the spectrum, and has not had his IQ tested, but I think he is going to be very very high when they do get around to testing him. My daughter.... well, let's just say it's a darm good thing she's cute! (just kidding... she's very bright, too, but in a creative way rather than book smart. She loves to cook, clean, paint, sing, and do crafts.
OK, well, i completely veered off topic... sorry, lol.
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