Attended a talk on ASD yesterday afternoon. I already knew most of what was shared and yet I came away with much deeper understanding of the subject than I had ever had. I concluded that most interventions are way too late. In fact, intervention must began even before detection. This will help to unleash the greater potential of our specie. Get to it too late, and the disabilities threaten to overwhelm the strengths.
Can late intervention repair the damage? Given ASD diversity, I think in some cases late intervention, though unintentional yield better outcomes for some individuals.
Many of the secrets of human intellectual abilities and leadership are locked up in the autistic spectrum. A surprising number of the key contributions to this world come from people with Asperger's Syndrome because they have a bridge between the Autistic world to the regular world.
One day we will develop the technology to draw out those with non-Asperger's autism just like we have figured out the super senses in the animal kingdom.
As it is, ASD is one of God's favorite nesting grounds to inject creativity and life into our world. So when we say an ASD child is special, we make that statement by faith. Perhaps God will gift it to us as science eventually. I just hope we do not repeat history by crediting ourselves instead of him for it.
Since God gave our ancestors their first clothes of skin to replace the ones they made out of leaves, he has continued to be very gracious to us.