Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Scout with Autism
Scout with Autism
Thu, 9 Dec 1999 09:59:31 +0000
Believe it or not,I have other interests beyond Working With Scouts With
disAbilities (WWSWd). And, sometimes those interests complement one
WOOD magazine, Dec. 1999, pg. 104, has a short piece "Woodworking helps
the autistic". The message comes out of The Homestead, a living and
learning center for the autistic in Runnells, Iowa. Steven Muller,
Homestead's director, says: "The required focus that woodworking
demands, such as sawing, fitting, and sanding, provides needed structure
to the life of the autistic," <Homestead@itgrp.com>
Yes, the article is also an appeal for woodworking equipment donations,
but WOOD also points out that you should "check with your local social
services agency to see if there's a similar need where you live."
(While your making that phone call, remind them that Scouting is
Autism, it is noted, is a neurological disorder that hinders information
gathering and processing, and occurs in roughly 15 of every 10,000
births. Structured environments reduce its effects and help the
autistic better cope.
Well, it's no secret that I prefer mainstream persons with disAbilities
to segregating them. But, the message of structure, focus, goals can be
successful for most youth. This opportunity to consider Woodwork MB as
one of those optional MBs for youth with Autism is one to consider.
There are other MBs that require focus and precision, and which can be
alternatives to required MBs.