Rain Man: Is He The Typical Embodiment Of An Autistic Person?


Rain Man: Is He The Typical Embodiment Of An Autistic Person?

Talk of autism and what immediately comes to mind is the character played by Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man.

The question is: Is Rain Man the epitome of an autistic person?

There are many who tend to believe that he is. Credit that to the incredible acting prowess of Hoffman in the movie as well as to the box office success of the film.

Rain Man makes us believe that people with autism possess a special gift.

Not All Autistic People Have “Special Gift” But . . .

Virginia Sole-Smith, in her article entitled Myths About Autism, which is featured on amp.parents.com, says that although Dustin Hoffman’s character was based on a real person, not every kid on the autism spectrum will be a card-counting genius.

She also quotes Michael Rosenthal, Ph.D., a pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in autism at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, as saying, “That’s an extreme example. Not every person on the spectrum will have a special talent like that.”

While at that, there is an emerging trend of looking at autism, which emphasizes the positive traits associated with the disorder. It’s good to know that high intellect is one of them.

Sole-Smith continues, “A Chicago-based nonprofit called Aspiritech hires high-functioning adults with autism to work as software testers for tech companies across North America because of their attention to detail, precision, affinity for repetitive tasks, and impressive technological skills.”

“For so long, we’ve only thought of autism in terms of its deficits, but the tide is changing,” Dr. Rosenthal says. “We’re realizing that these people see the world in a different way and those skills can be honed if we support them in other areas.” He encourages parents of children with autism not to feel limited by the diagnosis and to focus on their child’s passions and talents: “Many kids are great at math, science, and technology–but they can also be great artists, or musicians. We’re just beginning to understand their potential.”

The Future of People with Autism is Brighter at Bright Horizon Homes

We at Bright Horizon Homes, the truly caring developmental disability care services in Kanabec Dr. Wasilla Alaska, are happy about the new way of looking at autism, which is no longer a load to shoulder but an opportunity brimming with optimistic possibilities.

It would be our honor and privilege here at Bright Horizon Homes to contribute to the unfolding of the talents and abilities of our autistic brothers and sisters here in this part of the world through our facilities and services at the love-filled developmental disability care services in Kanabec Dr. Wasilla Alaska.

Autism care is what we do best, apart from cerebral palsy and developmental disability care. So, it’s just but fitting that we offer our expertise for such an undertaking, guided by our philosophy which is to empower our clients to obtain their optimum potential, because we at Bright Horizon Homes believe every person is capable of growth.

Those of you who wish a much brighter future for your loved one with autism, visit us now at 1453 Kanabec Dr., Wasilla, Alaska 99654. Or give us a call. Our phone number is 907-357-2233. Send us a message with your inquiries via fax at 877-236-7707 or through email at brighthorizonhomes@gmail.com.

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With or without special gift, the future of autistic people is bright, more especially at the developmental disability care services in Kanabec Dr. Wasilla Alaska. Please post your reactions to this statement at the comments portion below.

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