an extract from his book , Barry M. Prizant PhD challenges attempts to treat or manage the behavioural problems exhibited by autistic children. He advises that rather than an autistic child seeking to be intentionally disruptive, their behaviour is the result of trying to deal with “emotional dysregulation”: Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism
People with autism, primarily due to underlying neurology (the way the brain’s wiring works), are unusually vulnerable to everyday emotional and physiological challenges. So they experience more feelings of discomfort, anxiety, and confusion than others. They also have more difficulty learning how to cope with these feelings and challenges.
Prizant alerts that behaviours labelled as autistic aren’t actually deficits. Rather, they are coping strategies that the person uses to feel better emotionally regulated.
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With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce’s many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia’s 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to empower communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.