WordCamp:Las Vegas

I did not do much more that register at WordCamp:Las Vegas before we left. I had no ‘sitter options and Ian was well into sensory overload after passing through the casino en route to the conference center, so the concept of ‘indoor voice’ was lost on him in the quiet hall.

I should have known as Yearly Kos taught me two years ago that I do not do well in these social groupings as I do not get all those social clues. It is really true that ‘normal people scare me.’ Large groups of normal people terrify me. I know that I shouldn’t even try as the likelihood of successful attendance was approaching zero. Integration is not even an option.

Oh well, lessons reinforced.

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[NY Times] Parents of Newly Diagnosed HF Autistic Children Find Chip Did Not Fall Far From Tree

Your Child’s Disorder May Be Yours, Too [NY Times]
[A]fter Phil and Susan Schwarz received a diagnosis for their son, Jeremy, of high functioning autism, they began to think carefully about their own behaviors and histories.

Mr. Schwarz, a software developer in Framingham, Mass., found in his son’s diagnosis a new language to understand his own life. His sensitivities when growing up to loud noises and bright light, his own diffidence through school, his parents’ and grandparents’ special intellectual skills — all echoed through his and Jeremy’s behavior, like some ancient rhythm.

His son’s diagnosis, Mr. Schwarz said, “provided a frame in which a whole bunch of seemingly unrelated aspects of my own life growing up fit together for the first time.” (more)

Well …, duh!

Not to sound too snotty about geek parents with a fresh diagnosis of high-functioning saying, “he’s not weird, he’s just like me”, mind you. OK, maybe a little. I just keep meeting parents singing this refrain.

Which is just more grist for the notion that all this identified autism is not an fresh and growing epidemic. We are just developing the perceptions that places this particular suite of neurological conditions both in sharper focus and in a larger perspective of our behaviors. Especially when more and more people realize that these behaviors might actually be rather familiar after all. It just has a label now. One that people are really sensitive to now.