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Sara Gardner
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You know, that's a very good question! People I've worked with do seem to be able to remember the actual circumstances sometimes when prompted. I can't say that I am certain about all the "forces" at action here. I have sometimes found it helpful to ask, "is that something that really happened, or something you WISH had happened?" It can be confusing, and I highly recommend finding a professional who is familiar with the possibility that someone on the autism spectrum is ABLE to confabulate and has some idea of how to offer help.
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2011 on Confabulation or Lying? at Not Otherwise Specified
Townya, your son should not have to keep writing papers by hand. The school can give him an accommodation of a typewriter or spoken word for responses and essays, if necessary. There is a program called "Dragon Naturally Speaking" that will produce text from speech if he cannot type, although it would be awesome for the school to put effort into teaching him how to keyboard and abandon efforts to work on his handwriting. If you scroll down on this page to where it talks about dysgraphia: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd/accommodations/computer you will see some tests that the College Board accepts as "proof" of dysgraphia. You will notice, however, that the College Board defines dysgraphia as a fine motor deficit, which does not actually describe dysgraphia in full, unfortunately. Perhaps by the time your son is ready to take college entrance exams, they will have changed their viewpoint, or everyone will be keyboarding essays, who knows. In any event, these tests: Coding subtest of the Wechsler Cognitive Test Beery Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration (VMI) Rey Complex Figure Test An academic test of writing. This demonstrates that the student's fine motor problems present severity in organization, presentation of ideas, richness of language, complex language structure. These tests are usually administered by school or clinical psychologists or educational diagnosticians. They include: Woodcock-Johnson-III: Tests of Academic Achievement (General and Extended batteries including fluency measures) Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults (SATA) Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT II) Test of Written Language III (TOWL III) Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Second Edition (KTEA-II) are a place to start with your school. Good luck to you and your boy! Sara
It really depends completely on the college; they would be the ones to ask. My sons college really didnt require much in the way of documentation - they used his h.s. IEP and were more than happy to provide accommodations. Every college is different, though. Call or email the Disability Services office at your sons college and ask specifically.
Thanks for asking - I havent decided to stop this blog, but I have been having issues lately getting things done. Kind of a down time - however, things are looking better and I hope to be back sometime soon.
This is a perfect example of how professionals still dont quite get dysgraphia. Note-taking may or may not be a problem for your son, though, depending on his verbal processing ability, etc. My son has no problem taking notes: only HE has to read them, after all. Sara
Not lucky to have his college near me: we moved here FOR his college. He set his goal for this particular college back in 7th grade, and worked incredibly hard to get here. So, when he was accepted, I sold my southern California home (dont ask!) and we are now renting a house here. Not easy, but its what he needs, and Im glad we are doing it. :-)
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2010 on He Should Know Better at Not Otherwise Specified
Yes, grieving (or not grieving) the death of a loved one seems to be a very different experience for many of us on the spectrum. Not sure if thats linked to empathy, or just our logical way of handling our emotions, or what. And I agree that its quite interesting what people will assume they know about another person within moments or even hours of meeting them. Thanks for commenting! Sara
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2009 on Believe in Me at Not Otherwise Specified
Yes, lying is a learned skill. My 19-year-old son has gotten better at it over time, and can do it successfully in some situations. Which is why I have taught him who its okay to lie to. He cannot successfully lie to me (at least as far as I know!!). He can lie by omission to me, though, but not if directly questioned. Interestingly, he became a much better writer, and wrote much more quickly and easily, when I taught him that its perfectly okay to lie when one is writing an essay for English. The teacher doesnt really want to know what your favorite part of your vacation was, she just wants you to write something that is acceptable. Sorry, but its true. Especially if your favorite part of vacation was something that its not acceptable to write about. Just saying.... Honestly, though, it pains me to lie as well. It feels as if it takes away a little piece of my soul. Ouch. Sara
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2009 on Confabulation or Lying? at Not Otherwise Specified
Thank you, Ellen! Please let me know what they think of it if they read it. One of my greatest joys is that my own 19-year-old reads - and remarks favorably on - this blog. Sara
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2009 on Feelings, Whoa at Not Otherwise Specified
Teenagers are definitely a challenge! Keep using Collaborative Problem Solving - I give it a lot of credit for the wonderful communication that I enjoy with my now 19-year-old son. We started using it when he was 12. It opened up all sorts of other communication possibilities for us. Sara
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2009 on Feelings, Whoa at Not Otherwise Specified
Please do post it on the Asperger list, Karen, I would so appreciate that. And thank you for your positive feedback and support! Sara
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2009 on Asperger's or Quirky? at Not Otherwise Specified
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