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Adults can support with suggestions about which materials would best bring their ideas into reality. Collaborative work has many benefits, but the one that particularly escapes children with disabilities is to balance self-determination with the good of the group. CH A P T E R T WO Autistic Spectrum Disorders The Labels The highly visible autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) have been described in popular media in the past several years as an epidemic. On February 9, 2007, the New York Times published the results of the largest national study to date.

It is the first sign of her intentionality, desire, and relationship between self and world. Jessy’s inability to point was a significant indication for Clara Park (1982) that all was not right. To point is so simple, so spontaneous, so primary an action that it seems ridiculous to analyze it. All babies point, do they not? To stretch out the arm and the finger is, symbolically and literally, to stretch out the self into the world—in order to remark on an object, to call it to another’s attention, perhaps to want it for oneself.

62). Within a year they were communicating through pictures, and soon Jessy was asking her mother to pat the picture for her. Park had discovered a system now used in autistic classrooms called Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) that enables children to communicate their needs. Park used magazine images to “talk” to Jessy but later realized that the process of drawing images with her required time to develop and therefore was more powerful than the ready-made product. “A picture that someone is drawing focuses the attention by the very gradualness with which it takes form.

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