Tuesday, January 22, 2008


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I might add the staff carries the kids by te arms and legs in front of the whole school. I'm still waiting for an email from the mother so I can name the school and Principal.

Of course Mike Murphy did tell me that the Liberals will give more power to the school system to drug and kill our kids here in New Brunswick.

Kelly Lamrock with his ignorance decided to follow Mike Murphy's policy!!!

Very sad!!!!

Boy? I taught Elvy Robichaud was bad????

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Autism and Asperger’s: The Mysterious Syndromes
By Marylin Smith Carsley
Article online since January 21st 2008, 15:08
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Autism and Asperger’s: The Mysterious Syndromes
By Marylin Smith Carsley
Standing silently and inconspicuously in the back of the classroom, the eight-year-old boy seemed to be just staring into oblivion. At times, while sitting at his desk, he would rock back and forth and repeat odd phrases incessantly.
At the time I met him, I was a relatively new teacher so I was not quite sure how to interpret his behaviour. His files were inconclusive and only stated that he was ADHD and that he was taking Ritalin twice daily. It did mention that he had difficulties interacting with peers and what I noticed justified this fact, as he was frequently alone. Academically, he was methodical and he immersed himself in tasks requiring repetition, especially if it involved numbers.

Years later, after taking additional education courses and through experiences with similar students, I believe that I understand much more about him. It is strange that after so many years, I can still visualize this boy.

Reflecting back, he may have fit into the category of Asperger’s Syndrome, but I cannot be exact as the lines of definition are so closely intertwined between this term and others. The reason is that there are many autistic disorders, referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders and they are diagnosed on the basis of behaviour. Unfortunately, there are no specific genetic or biological markers that accurately identify a person as being on this autism spectrum. People on the spectrum do have certain traits in common such as impairment in social interaction, impairment in communication, and restricted and/or repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests and activities. Autism in all forms tends to first manifest itself in childhood even before the age three and the differences within the autism spectrum are related to both severity and the presence or absence of some symptoms.

Communication skills

The focal disparity between Asperger’s syndrome and other forms of Autism relates to the individual’s capacity to communicate. Someone with Asperger’s may not experience the difficulties in verbal communication that others with autism do. Many researchers tend to categorize Asperger’s syndrome as high functioning and Autism as a lower functioning form. Critics from the autism community have also argued that those living with autism do not consider themselves as actually having any disease at all.

An incapacitating, life-long disability, autism is best described as a neurological dysfunction. Originally imagined as a rare disorder, recent Canadian studies have shown that the prevalence of autism and related disorders to be as high as 20 per 10,000 births, more commonly found in boys. To date there is no definitive medical test to identify autism and these individuals tend to be more diverse than similar. However, all autistic individuals share common behavioural characteristics and a diagnosis can be made based on the behavioural criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (fourth edition DSM-IV). Autistic individuals display the following; impaired social interaction, difficulty in communicating, preoccupation, resistance, short attention span, and abnormalities of mood, unusual fears, plus numerous other traits. On the “outside” most autistic individuals appear quite normal and any of their odd behaviours can alter with treatment. Although intensive behavioural intervention is no real cure, these individuals can lead happy and productive lives.

15,000 diagnosed with Asperger's

Asperger’s Syndrome is described as another pervasive disorder. Mostly found in boys as well, there are about 15,000 Canadians diagnosed. The differences between Autism and Asperger’s is that a child with Asperger’s is not as disturbed, is intelligent, has unique talents, and develops grammatical speech early on. In relation to education, both disorders require a regular organized academic routine. People with Asperger’s also appear more aware and interested in the social world, but interaction with others does not come naturally and must be taught.

Education and early intervention services for both conditions can be somewhat difficult and frustrating to obtain due to lack of knowledge, insufficient services, and endless waiting lists. Teaching through a rote fashion is usually recommended as these children succeed with memory tasks but detailed research must also be done to locate the appropriate school to suit the child.

Studies and clinical observation have tried to distinguish and accurately classify Autism and Asperger’s. To summarize, it has been noted that those with autism usually have a scattered cognitive profile with better overall abilities in the performance (nonverbal) range of tasks, people with Asperger’s also have a scattered cognitive profile but usually have higher overall scores on verbal tasks. Communication appears to be the main source of difference between the two syndromes and that is why Asperger’s is occasionally considered to be the higher functioning disorder. But with the labelling of any disorder there is a great deal of controversy especially when it comes to the ethics of treatment. Chances are that in the future, with more understanding of these conditions and through additional research, all the definitions will change drastically towards a more comprehensive and clearer understanding of either syndrome.

In Montreal, if a child exhibits the symptoms, the primary route parents should follow, under the supervision of their pediatrician, is to contact the Montreal Children’s Hospital/McGill University Health Centre at 514-412-4400 extension 23099. This program is a multidisciplinary one offering services for children of all ages with suspected spectrum disorders



Anonymous said...

Teachers were trained and agreed to teach.
If you want babysitters,physiologists,psychoanalysts,disciplinarians,then add that to the teacher profile so that they can decide on another profession and parents can decide on different ways of getting their kids educated.
Gordon Porter was got rid of because of this ruination of the education system.
Go see him if you want to continue with a no education system.

Anonymous said...

Go find a teacher and interview them and ask them what they think about kids like this. They are the ones that have to deal with them everyday of the week.

No wonder some of them take a nervous breakdown. It's fine to stand there and make statements and critisize but go ask the people who work with those kids everyday. You might learn something. Maybe that is not the way it happens at all, maybe the kid got violent with the teacher and they had to restrain him or her.

My wife is a teacher and she had a kid like that last year (grade 4) and she would come home with bruises every second day because the kid would snap and attack her. One day she came home with a black eye. Now is that right? Is it right for a teacher to get beat up at work?

You tell me Charles! You go ahead, get a teaching degree from a university and go and teach kids like this and tell me what to do and if it is fair for a teacher to be physicaly abused by kids like this.

Plus this kid had no dicipline at home. The parents would come and get the kid from school be cause he would be suspended and they would simply say "Oh well he does that". Bull S%*t!

Anonymous said...

You think that NB being the poorest educated in the country is not enough,then go ahead,put pressure on the schools and teachers,not responsible or able to handle this situation,and they can easily find jobs in other provinces or countries,quit,go on stress leave,or take early retirement.In the meantime,teachers now do their job 40 hours aweek as everybody else,and let someone else take on the stress and hopelessness of teaching in NB.
Tim Hortons thanks you.

Anonymous said...

Go find a teacher and interview them and ask them what they think about kids like this. They are the ones that have to deal with them everyday of the week.

Sounds like our teachers need some time off... how about we take a breather here and figure out how to handle this situation before methamphetamines are required to sedate the rowdy ones?

Send them into the woods for a while and let them calm down.

That, or change the debt system enslaving our parents - and get rid of TV.

Anonymous said...

Here is the quote naming the nerd who ruined the high level of education ONCE found in New Brunswick.A person,who I know for a fact,never had an answer for the frustrating concerns for the teachers in an impossible position.
But he had GREAT concerns for his NAME.
The teachers had a few for him.

At major events such as the teachers development workshop which was held to review the MacKay Inclusion review process the Department of Education partnered with the New Brunswick Association for Community Living which aggressively promotes the philosophy of mainstream classroom inclusion for all students. Requests by the Autism Society New Brunswick to participate as a partner in the workshop were rejected by the Department of Education notwithstanding the number of autistic children in New Brunswick schools and the severity of the challenges posed in educating them. The NBACL philosophy of total mainstream inclusion is also promoted by the presentation by that organization of awards to teachers who exemplify what the NBACL considers to be best inclusion practices. The mainstream classroom philosophy for all is also well represented by NBACL participation on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons and in the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission whose current chair, Dr. Gordon Porter, was instrumental in the implementation of the mainstream classroom for all philosophy in New Brunswick schools and is touted as an expert on the inclusion of students with a disability into regular classes on the commission web site.

With such an entrenched mindset in favor of the mainstream classroom inclusion philosophy I am thankful that school and district educators have, at least to date, cooperated with us in creating an alternative learning arrangement for my son. In the big picture though the emphasis on classroom inclusion has kept many children in the mainstream classroom even when it is not suitable for them. It also makes it extremely unlikely that an option such as a school for autistic school children will ever see the light of day in the Province of New Brunswick