Despite huge resources in the scientific research world being pumped into finding a ‘cause’ and 'cure' for Autism, they are no closer to their goal. Which makes me wonder whether they are asking the right question. Tony Attwood, a leading voice in the world of autism, has posited the notion that perhaps autism isn’t an illness at all, but is the next genetic development of the human species. In which case the correct question that the researchers should be asking is “what is
I have spent a lot of time talking about the problem - a mismatch between learning style and teaching can lead to incredible difficulties for the learners (and I understand that it isn't plain sailing for the teachers either). Now I want to start thinking about how this can change. And I have to say at the outset that I don't believe that the solution lies in creating better schools, or by training teachers and TAs to manage the variety of learning styles that children have.