Here is a compliation of excellent video information about the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Beginning with Wendy Chung, geneticist at the Simons Foundation, who is working to characterize behavior, brain structure and function in people with genetic variations that may relate to autism. She explains what it is, why it seems to be increasing, what causes it, the genetics and the treatments—a lot!
Then there’s Faith Jegede Cole, a writer who tells of her two autistic brothers; Steve Silberman, a Writer and editor who describes a link between genius and autism; Ami Klin, a researcher looking for earlier diagnostic methods; and, Temple Grandin, who has Aspberger’s and is Livestock handling designer and autism activist.
From Diagnosis to Treatment to Living With It
Carefully selected from the hundreds of videos about the subject of Autism, here are four others chosen for their clarity, succinctness yet completeness and amazing insight.
Faith Jegede Cole · Writer
Writer Faith Jegede Cole draws on her experiences growing up with two autistic brothers in order to spread awareness and understanding about this increasingly common diagnosis.
She says: “Don’t tell me I’m ‘normal'”, and thinks of her brothers not so much as ‘ordinary’ but extraordinary.
Steve Silberman · Writer and editor
Steve Silberman is a writer and contributing editor for “Wired” who covers science and society. His newest book explores neurodiversity and the link between autism and genius. He relates the history of the autism diagnosis; the Connors vs Asperger issue; and, implications for diagnosis and treatment.
Ami Klin · Autism researcher
Ami Klin is an award winning autism spectrum disorder researcher who explains why we need to find new avenues for early diagnosis and what he and others are doing about it.
Temple Grandin · Livestock handling designer, autism activist
Through groundbreaking research and the lens of her own Asperger’s, Temple Grandin brings startling insight into two worlds.
She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
Her insight: “…Einstein, Mozart, tesla would all be diagnosed as having ASD today… attends to detail… I think in pictures… one of the things that worries me is where are the younger versions of these people going today – they’re not ending up in silicon valley where they belong… if you got rid of all the Asperger’s there would be no silicon valley.”
“Is it unrealistic to think that their child loves them? Let me tell you that that child would be loyal, if your house was burning down they’re gonna get you out of it.”