OTHER-AWARENESS

During Ferenc's sessions at the computer either Murray or Lesser was standing by to comment, and to offer any support necessary in executing his intentions. It is easy to see exactly what someone's focussed on at a computer, and therefore easy to join their attention tunnel in a friendly way. That is an optimal situation for an individual on the autistic spectrum and another person to feel in tune with each other. It is important to recognise and respect that, and to build on opportunities which arise. Imposing your own agenda on the situation can destroy a chance of mutual appreciation, and so miss a chance to motivate the considerable effort of modelling other people's interests and intentions. When Ferenc and I had finished admiring his little film, I said I'd go and get Mike. Ferenc got to his feet and came too. We returned with Mike who was equally impressed and reached out a hand to shake the artist's - and Ferenc shook it back.