The Imitation Game

Here is a clip from “The Imitation Game,” a 2014 movie about the life of Alan Turing, who invented the computer. Turing is believed to have had Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Certainly the character in this clip was inspired by people with AS. This scene shows how they can have social and communication issues in the workplace, notwithstanding their particular genius.

Why Some Companies Are Trying to Hire More People on the Autism Spectrum

Interest in what’s called neurodiversity is growing at American companies. This year, the accounting firm EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young) has been piloting a program to employ people with autism in order to explore the benefits of having workers of different cognitive abilities, such as greater productivity and building a more talented workforce.

Winter Break Camp

Come join our camp-within-a-camp for kids with ASD. Kids go to the regular YMCA camp and check in with SPAP where we will have specially trainined counselors and volunteers. Kids participate in the main camp as much as they like, then come to the sensory area for some laid back fun. Kids can bring their electronic devices and comfort items and leave them in the sensory area. Cost is $110 a week. For information, call 727-483-1305.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects 1 in 68 children born today. Among boys, the number is 1 in 42. ASD is a developmental disorder that presents with impaired social function and impaired communication. ASD affects information processing. People diagnosed with ASD display impairments in how their brain’s nerve cells and synapses connect and organize.

Too Much Information: ASD and Sensory Overload

After a good night’s sleep, most people with ASD start off fine. As the day wears on and fatigue sets in, they experience more and more sensory overload. Think of it like rubbing your arm. It’s okay at first, but keep it up long enough and it will become painful. Rub your arm every day for a long enough time and you might become so sensitive that even a light touch causes pain. To avoid pain, you develop Avoidance Behaviors and Resistance Behaviors to escape the discomfort. When it becomes too much, you have a Meltdown.


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