Like Father, Like Son - On the Autism Spectrum

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

On World Autism Day, John Elder Robison, author of the memoir, Look Me in the Eye, joins us after ringing the opening bell at the stock market. He's become a spokesperson for those with Asperger's and addresses his thoughts on finding out one of his books was found in Adam Lanza's home. In his new book, Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives, he talks about raising his own son who also has Asperger's.


John Elder Robison

Comments [12]

@david c matlock from Las Vegas NV:

Of course -
what aspect of this discussion pretending predictive relevancy for the Lanzas's pre-existing, clinically identifiable "mental", "neuroscientific", or "emotional" conditions, is not wretched excess, having the same value as neighborhood gossip, pornography, witch-hunting, and other mass hysterias feigning rationality?

Apr. 02 2013 06:44 PM
david c matlock from Las Vegas NV

Stephen is wrong, broad generalize with political NRA implications. Beta thinks these infamy seekers care, they don't, they have joined up against society, read ( simulation and simulacra or just watch . To Erika the person who condemns is self righteous and is using their indignation for show in the courtroom, but they do not care if their actions harm or if their politics are lies. Bravo well done Renee. Steve you understand. Wow John A laugh out loud. No geTaylor it is a diversion.

Apr. 02 2013 11:44 AM
Nancy Volante

I am a teaching artist, curriculum designer and professinal development facilitator in NYC. I am co-creator and author of Everyday Arts for Special Education. My colleagues and I have received to federal grants. The first was a pilot program called CASTA Communication and Socilization through the Arts . We work in District 75 with students on the autistic spectrum in NYC. The grant was a research grant. We collborate with researchers from Columbia Teachers College. The statistics from our first program showed a high (95%) change in the socialization and communicatins skills in the students.
We then applied for an Innovation Grant from the Federal Goverment, which is Everyday Arts for Special Education. We did received this grant and are in our 3rd year of a 5 year grant. The grant is based in integrating the arts into the classroom for socialization and communication. I wanted to address the question that was express on your show from the teacher who has retired from district 75. Sheis right on track about the socialization and communication skills of children on the spectrum, in district 75. I would love to have a conversation with you on this topic of socializtion and communication skills for children that have been placed on the autistism spectrum, and for all children that are in special education around the country.

Apr. 02 2013 11:40 AM
rose-ellen from jackson heights

Renee-your son is talking about himself -as if he were someone else. As if he has no sense of right and wrong. As if he is not responsible for his actions. And you are in synch with that belief as you"persuade " him he will never be a criminal. You're both 2 peas in a pod -denying being moral agents and medicalizing ethics. You have drunk the kool aid of objectifying your own subjectivity.

Apr. 02 2013 11:36 AM

Oh Comrade ERIKA from Brooklyn:

Why would anyone have a reason to investigate Adam Lanza prior to December 14th, 2012?

Why shouldn't some prosecutor's office be investigating you now?

Apr. 02 2013 11:35 AM
Stephen from Manhattan

Does Mr. Robison believe children with Asperger's are easy targets for bullies, merely because they are different? Might that lead to the child eventually lashing out in serious ways to get some revenge? If background checks are approved for gun purchase, should an Asperger's diagnosis prevent someone from purchasing a gun?

Apr. 02 2013 11:27 AM
Beta from nyc

why are you naming the shooter? You're only serving to glorify his actions. Strip the shooter of his human identity - he is a thing. He is the Newtown Shooter.

Apr. 02 2013 11:26 AM
Erika from Brooklyn

While I certainly don’t want to liken the guest’s son to Adam Lanza. I can’t help but wonder what could have been prevented if an overzealous district attorney had been investigating him.

Apr. 02 2013 11:23 AM
Renee Kashuba from Tarrytown

My son, who has Asperger's, heard the connection between the shooter and Asperger's on the news, and he was very upset by this. He was terribly afraid that this meant he would be more likely to be violent or commit a crime some day. We spent a long time persuading him that this is not the case, that there is no evidence of a connection. That helped, but it was not completely adequate. I'm sure he'll always wonder a little bit if his Asperger's will predispose him to something awful or criminal. To us, this was just another level of the irresponsibility of the reporting. Even though reporters pulled back from that aspect, he can't "un-hear" it. So, as parents, we have to contend with both what the public thinks of our kids, but also what our kids think of themselves.

Apr. 02 2013 11:17 AM
Steve from New York

Robison says Aspergers is a neurologic and not a mental disorder. As there are changes in the brain in most of the major mental disorders including schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder, I wonder what his dividing line between neurologic and mental disorders is?

Apr. 02 2013 11:15 AM
John A, speaking from experience

Just go to nearly any gathering of (male) computer programmers - probably 25 - 50% permeation.

Apr. 02 2013 10:52 AM

Is this the segment to explore Peter Lanza's Aspergers status?

Apr. 02 2013 10:38 AM

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