Monday, December 3, 2012

Asperger's Syndrome

The American Psychological Association has removed Asperger's Syndrome from their big book of diagnoses. This is fairly widespread news by now, but I'm just wondering what kind of effect this will have on teaching. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to plug my professor's book:
Art and Disability

(That's Judy on the cover btw. She's a sweetheart!)

For teachers it should make things somewhat easier. I'm sure the term will still be used for the sake of clarity. The term Austism is so broad, but at the same time, even Asperger's did very little to narrow that down. Either way, a nominal change such as this won't change how valuable the arts are to these children's development.


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