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Title: Special and Unique Interests


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Special and Unique Interests
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One of the most fascinating aspects of the autism
spectrum is the development of unique interests.
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Unique Examples
  • The Avogadro lunar crater
  • Scottish tartans
  • Dead-end streets
  • National anthems of the world
  • World Wrestling Federation
  • Circuit breakers
  • WWII battles
  • Civil War battles

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Cultivating Special Interests Can
  • Lead to a career
  • Lead to lifelong friendships
  • Increase peer appreciation
  • Be a window into the persons unique learning
    style
  • Motivate the person to participate in less
    enjoyable subjects given a reward to work on
    special interest

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Your student might not understand that everyone
is not interested in the same thing as she is.
Most people appreciate gentle and respectful
honesty. Let the student know when and how long
she can talk about her special interest.
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Ideas for Expanding on Special Interests
  • Google the interest and look for professionals in
    a related field.
  • Explore what is needed to become a professional
    in a given area.
  • Expand on the topic If it is trains, look at
    different train systems in different countries,
    then find out the different languages and
    cultures of the people in those countries.
    Explore maps of the countries with extensive
    railway systems.

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More Ideas
  • If you find professionals in the students area
    of interest, try using the Flat Stanley program
    (www.flatstanleyproject.com) to contact the
    person and ask polite questions.
  • If the student memorizes lists of things such as
    baseball stats, teach him to memorize other
    information. This could be a preferred learning
    style.
  • Show your student that you value his knowledge.
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