B5-A: The Autistic Wonder Years: Analyzing Videos From An Autistic Childhood

Many people with autism, regardless of the age of their first diagnosis, routinely begin to display autistic symptoms in early childhood. In addition, as some individuals with autism mature, they can develop the ability to explain the underpinnings of their past behaviors as children, and their insights can be valuable to people who work with individuals with autism. In this presentation, listen to an adult with autism as he presents video footage of himself in childhood, and narrates the explanations behind his childhood autistic tendencies, in the style of the TV show “The Wonder Years.”

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to analyze how adults with autism perceive and interpret many of their past autistic behaviors and tendencies from childhood.
  2. Participants will be able to summarize behaviors that individuals with autism can display in infancy and early childhood prior to their first autism diagnosis.
  3. Participants will be able to describe various mechanics, underpinnings, and internal reasons behind many puzzling autistic behaviors and tendencies within early childhood.


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