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I want to wish a hearty welcome to participants in the CRSTE CyberConference 2010.  What we're going to do over the next few days (with the exception of three days on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday when I travel to speak in Atlanta) is explore the concept of neurodiversity.  This is a relatively new word, coined around ten...
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   Over the past sixty years, we’ve witnessed a phenomenal growth in the number of new psychiatric illnesses.  The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, first published in 1952, originally listed about 100 categories of illness.  By the year 2000, that number had tripled.  We’ve become accustomed to hearing in the news about “learning...
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Public release date: 1-Feb-2010[ Print | E-mail | Share ] [ Close Window ] [ Close Window ] Contact: G. Paul Amminger, M.D.gpamminger@gmail.comJAMA and Archives Journals Individuals at extremely high risk of developing psychosis appear less likely to develop psychotic disorders following a 12-week course of fish oil capsules containing long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids,...
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TV movie 'Temple Grandin' traces passion, perseverance of autistic genius By Cassandra Szklarski (CP) – 23 hours ago TORONTO — When actress Catherine O'Hara came face-to-face with the remarkable woman whose life story is told in the made-for-TV movie, "Temple Grandin," she says she was overcome with a desire to hug the brilliant scientist. Trouble...
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A recent interview on the blog Technoccult with neurodiversity advocate Kassiane (she didn't wish to give her last name), highlighted some key points about neurodiversity.  In defining neurodiversity, she made an important distinction between the word and the movement, explaining:  "Neurodiversity, the word, simply means the whole variety of different brain wirings people have…from the different kinds of normal...
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A new interview with autistic cattle expert Temple Grandin, the subject of a new biopic on HBO, reveals her own reactions while on the set of the movie.  “I was very involved in the cattle parts of the movie to make sure that was all accurate,” Grandin said. “They bought 32 head of nice Angus...
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While autistic individuals are known to suffer from deficits in social communication, it is less often recognized that they possess specific strengths in other areas.  One strength relates to their ability to see details.  In fact, they can pick out details in a more complex visual design better than so-called "neuro-typical (e.g. "normal") people (see examples...
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Temple Grandin is probably the most famous autistic person living today.  Her life will be chronicled on an HBO special starting in February, 2010.  Among her many achievements is the development of a “squeeze machine.”  Because of her autism, she resists the touch of others and doesn’t like to be hugged.  But she craves the...
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Starting on Feburary 6, 2010, HBO will lauch a new biopic starring Golden Globe award winner Claire Danes, based on the life of Temple Grandin, designer of livestock machinery, best-selling author, and autistic individual.  Grandin has punctured the stereotype of autism as a disorder locking a person into isolation from the rest of the world.  Instead,...
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