Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Outside the Box
In the past several years I’ve become aware of Asberger’s Syndrome (an Austism Spectrum disorder), Tourettes, and OCD, so can understand and empathize with some of my students’ odd behavior. Usually they don’t seem to know the rules of society, and can say things that seem rude or callous. They may not understand an assignment the first time I explain it. They may ask strange questions that seem off subject. They may talk loudly and inappropriately.
I actually have two colleagues who may have something like Asberger’s. Knowing they may not be able to help their behavior makes it better. I don’t get offended by insensitive comments.
I actually sort of enjoy talking to people who see life a bit differently, don’t you?