Strategies for Neurotypical People to Develop Empathy for Autistic People

It’s always seemed very unfair to me that autistics have been encouraged to learn to show empathy for and understanding of neurotypicals but the reverse has rarely been the case. When my “Aspie” sons were at school (they were all in mainstream classes) there were many times when I had to explain to their teachers why whichever son it was at the time had reacted in a particular way to whatever situation arose. Sometimes it fell on deaf ears, other times not — and those teachers who made the effort to understand my sons were the ones who had the most positive impact on their learning, both academically and socially, and were also the ones for whom my sons developed the most respect and admiration.

I was very pleased to find and reblog this article from “The Enthusiastic Life”. 🙂

The Enthusiastic Life

Historically, there has been much debate about the extent to which autistic individuals experience empathy. I am using the phrase “autistic individuals” rather than “individuals with autism,” per the recommendation from the Autism Self-Advocacy Network. Recent studies indicate that while autistics may experience and demonstrate empathy in different ways from neurotypicals, they do indeed experience it, sometimes to intense degrees. The debate is well summarized here.

Empathy image credit here

Throughout this discussion, I have observed a curious and glaring omission: what about how and whether neurotypicals empathize with autistics? One of the basic tenets of social skills is reciprocity, an attunement to the back and forth nature of social interactions. If we are examining how well autistics display empathy towards others (the majority of whom are neurotypical), it is only fair to ask how and whether neurotypicals are extending the same courtesy back

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What your Asperger’s / #ActuallyAutistic friend probably wants you to know

Yes! …this! I reblogged this excellent blog post from “the silent wave” because it’s like the author got inside my head! (and expressed those thoughts far better than I ever could) 😀

the silent wave

Dear allistic friends with autistic friends/friends “with” Asperger’s…

I’m an Aspie.  That is to say that I’m on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum.  Being friends with me/us can be somewhat interesting at times.  We may have “quirks”, habits, rituals, behaviors, or other nuances that you might find confusing, interesting, amusing, annoying, or surprising.  You may wonder why we do/did or say/said something in particular.

I’m going to “let you in” on (my personal take on) friendships and bonding with an Aspergian/autistic person.  Anything I’m about to say probably won’t apply to all Asperger’s/autistic people; we’re all different, after all, and we need to be considered as such. 🙂

(I realize that I switch back and forth between “I/me” and “we/us” a lot; that is intentional.  I can only speak for myself, yet I have interacted with many other people on the spectrum, either passively by reading their writing, or actively by talking/chatting…

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The Circle of Light

The following information is from the YouTube page of Martin Samson, published Nov 15, 2015... The Circle of Light, by Martin Samson The Circle of Light has arisen out of many people asking what they can do in the face of the looming events of a world war. This is a call to every one... Continue Reading →

Empathizing with sensory and movement differences: moving toward sensitive understanding of autism

Front. Integr. Neurosci., 24 May 2013 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2013.00038 Steven K. Kapp* Human Development and Psychology Division, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA The autism diagnosis requires deficits in social interaction and communication, yet neither occurs in isolation. This brief literature-based analysis provides evidence that other... Continue Reading →

Auric Bleeding and Maintenance By Mohsen Paul Sarfarazi, Ph.D.

The Human Physiology and Energetic System

Abstract

The effect of opposing energy fields such as alternating currents and microwaves creating ‘reverse bio-polarity,’ causing auric micro-fracture layers and auric bleeding is briefly discussed. Many other factors that generate ‘short circuitry’ and the consequent auric bleeding are pin-pointed. While the discussion of such issues as long-distance air travel, overstay in power nodes, emotional stress resulting from negative attitudes, ego imbalance, and interpersonal conflict are postponed to publication in companion papers, recommendations are made as to avoid auric bleeding via proper energetic maintenance. The use of combination of gems and noble metals for shielding the aura and preventing auric bleeding is briefly discussed.

Introduction

  • Most humans do not as yet recognize the priority relevance that the upkeep of the human electromagnetic field necessitates.
  • Most erroneously consider it to be an auto-regulated energy field that self-adjusts.auric bleeding 2
  • Many who accept the existence of the Human Electromagnetic Field understand little about how to…

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Festival of the Minds

Click here to see website 14th March - 15th March 2015 Liverpool Girl Guide Hall (Sydney, NSW Australia) Sponsored by the Pagan Awareness Network Australia Inc. with a discount for PAN members! Festival of the Minds is a celebration of wisdom, curiosity, and the search for knowledge within ourselves, our fascinating world and the mysteries... Continue Reading →

Theory finds that individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t lack empathy – in fact if anything they empathize too much

Seventh Voice

Art work by Aegis Mario S. Nevado Art work by Aegis Mario S. Nevado

“A ground-breaking theory suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy – rather, they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.”

“People with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, are often stereotyped as distant loners or robotic geeks. But what if what looks like coldness to the outside world is a response to being overwhelmed by emotion – an excess of empathy, not a lack of it?

This idea resonates with many people suffering from autism-spectrum disorders and their families. It also jibes with the “intense world” theory, a new way of thinking about the nature of autism.

As posited by Henry and Kamila Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the theory suggests that the fundamental problem in autism-spectrum disorders is not a social deficiency but, rather, a hypersensitivity to experience…

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