A True Monotheist
Joined: Jan 2008
Comparison between myself and an NT Aide
I had a few thoughts about how I would compare with an NT as an Aide for an Autistic student. Now, my ideal "NT" Aide would be a statistical strawman (or straw-woman). She would probably not be real, yet she would be realistic as a composite. I think that we can arrange a brief comparison between myself and her:
A lot of good philosophy
Ideal NT Aide
Able to teach socialization in the NT world better than I
Able to get along with other Aides better than I
Less verbiage, more focused attention on non-verbal cues
As I see it, the NT would have "less." That can be a good thing, since it includes less attempts to teach the material when that is probably the teacher's job. Again, I am making generalizations that are always negated in the breach. As a generalization, I make for a good assistant teacher, motivator, debater, and inspirer.
As a generalization, an NT Aide makes for a better facilitator of socialization and integration. Most very educated NT's are not Aides, whereas I would be motivated by intense ideological feelings to take a job a bit below my educational level. This is not true about all NT Aides, to be sure. Please do not misunderstand me.
As for my "needing improvement" in some areas, fortunately the NT's are helping me out with their "behavioral plans.' These are odd things, but they seem to work. I have decided to make the young man responsible for giving himself points. It builds honesty. He can have his reward if he feels that he has earned it. I simply ask Socratic questions that inspire honesty (and make a few statements for the record).
This was a modification from the original idea that I would give the rewards. It seems more adult the way I set it up, with him giving himself rewards, provided that he is honest with himself. Getting our friend ready for adulthood is the goal here, no?
That is my thought for the night. Good night.
All the best.
A True Monotheist
Hillel says, "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?" Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14