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The Millennials

Tree and it's roots in yin yang symbol

The Millennials:  Part V

 

危机

The Chinese word, wei ji, has come to represent a deep symmetry of nature.  Wei means danger; ji means opportunity.  The Millennials (the generation born between 1980-2000) are coming of age in 危机 (wei ji), a time of danger and opportunity.

 

危 Danger

Millennials have emerged as young adults in the wake of a global recession, beginning in 2007 and continuing to this day.  The current unemployment rate for young adults, sixteen to twenty four years of age, hovers around 50%.1  The unemployed half watch… Continue reading

Social Butterfly
The Millennials: Part IV*

 

Therapists jokingly say “if you’re working with young autistic adults, you’re job is secure because no one will pay you for it.”  Children’s intervention programs are siphoning most of the resources devoted to autism.  The Millennial generation of autistics (born 1980-2000), who generally didn’t receive much intervention as children, have largely been relegated to the self-help section of the bookstore, where they read that autism is a problem with social communication.

Their demoralizing experience with peers bears this out—they are bullied and excluded, aching with loneliness in the midst of a haze… Continue reading

IQ

 

The Millennials: Part II*

 

1980 was the year that ushered in a new generation of Millennials (born 1980-2000).  1980 was also the first year that autism was classified separately from schizophrenia in the DSM-III.

Millennial autistics with normal IQs and language were classified as “mildly autistic,” whereas their intellectually challenged counterparts were simply “autistic.”

According to recent American and Norwegian surveys1, outcomes for “mild autistics” and “autistics” are more or less the same.  Adults of both groups remain largely unemployed, unmarried, friendless, unoccupied, and living on public assistance.

Just like talent, IQ and language… Continue reading

Tired young man
The Millennials:  Part III*

 

Why would a person who is young, brilliant, and talented be incorrigibly lazy?  Everyone tells him he has all the talent he needs to succeed, but he can’t figure out how other people do it.

He’s been told what an action plan is.  But even thinking about planning is already exhausting.  How can he line up his tasks so that the first step in the plan leads to a logical sequence of intermediate steps which would need to be taken in just the right order to achieve his goal?  He… Continue reading

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The Millennials:  Part I

 

An article published in the July/August issue of Scientific Mind reported that up to 25% of people with autism (from the generation of Millennials, born between 1980-2000) eventually recover completely or become nearly indistinguishable from their peers as young adults.

Studies were careful to exclude cases that did not meet true criteria for a solid initial diagnosis. These were genuinely autistic (not Aspergers) children who, having reached adulthood, demonstrated no trace of autism, or virtually no trace of autism.

There has been, and still is, a professional bias against full recovery. Because parents keep… Continue reading