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An imaginary conversation between an autism professional (therapist) and a child with autism:

Posted Jul 27 2010 7:55pm
An imaginary conversation between an autism professional (therapist) and a child with autism:


Therapist: We’d like to help you learn to act more normal.

Child: I think I’m fine the way I am.

Therapist: But you don’t seem “normal” to the rest of the world.

Child: That’s okay with me.

Therapist: Yes, but with therapy, you can have more friends, be more popular and seem more “normal”.

Child: That doesn’t really appeal to me.

Therapist: We’ll teach you how to play games with other kids. Doesn’t that sound great?

Child: I don’t really have any desire to play games with other kids.

Therapist: But playing with other kids will help you to appear more “normal”.

Child: Is therapy going to transform me into someone who actually enjoys playing these games with other kids?

Therapist: Well, no. That’s not our goal. We can, however, teach you to appear to be enjoying playing these games with other kids.

Child: Sounds silly!

Therapist: We can also help you make friends.

Child: I have a few quality & meaningful friendships with people who like me just the way I am.

Therapist: We can help you have many, many friends when we teach you to act “normal”.

Child: Will you be able to teach me how to enjoy having many, many friends who like me for acting normal and not being myself?

Therapist: No, that’s not our goal. However, we will teach you how to appear to enjoy having friends while acting “normal”.

Child: You’re an annoying know-it-all. I can teach you how not to be such an annoying know-it-all so I can like you better.

Therapist: Excuse me?

Child: I’m sure a lot of people would like you better if you weren’t such an annoying know-it-all. I can teach you how to act less like an annoying know-it-all; are you interested? It will require a lot of retraining, as you’re obviously very set on being an annoying know-it-all. I’m sure with time I can tell you exactly what to say in every situation you may encounter, so as to not let on to people how much of an annoying know-it-all you really are. We’ll trick them by having you say things that wouldn’t come naturally to you and hiding the person you really are. But, in return, some people will like you much better. Shall we get started?
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