Thursday, February 21, 2013

Autism Experts: "Perseveration" Is a Learning Style

Many Autistic Autism Experts are joining the chorus of voices that caution strongly against trying to dissuade Autistics from what are variously called "perseverations," "special interests," "obsessions," and other names. 

Evidence* is mounting that these intense focuses on areas of interest are part and parcel of Autistic learning styles. 

Perseveration can be, but is not limited to, when we get really really really interested in something. It is often considered an impairment, and can have its challenges, but on the other hand, often it is a way that we learn, by focusing on one thing to the exclusion of others, or focusing on "parts" of things, aka details, or learning as much as we can about something, or not being able to STOP learning about something.

Links to blog entries and articles follow:

"Today, I tell you that you do not have to be afraid. You do not have to redirect your child or try to hide all the strings in your house. Perserveration is a learning style. "

"I never know when the next obsession will happen but during that time, for as long as it takes, I’ll learn everything I can until I’ve learnt enough."

Related articles about "perseveration" and some of its POSITIVE uses can be found here:

*Evidence, as defined for purposes of this post and for much of this blog, is:

Shared experience of many Autistics, whether or not supported by research utilizing the "scientific method," randomized controlled studies, or other peer-reviewed journal articles, (to name a few). See the Evidence page on the tabs above for more about this. Autistic experience, especially when shared and reported by many Autistics, is evidence.

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