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1. Chose a fictional or fictionalized character with autism. In your paper, explain how the portrayal of this character in ?pop? culture is an accurate or inaccurate reflection of the research. Some examples of characters are: Temple Grandin in the HBO special, Adam in the film Adam, Max Braverman in Parenthood, the main character in the book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, etc; Please use both theoretical and empirical evidence in your arguments.
**IMPORTANT** For the reference, Please pick 2-3 from the following readings list and the REST from readings BEYOND the following list.
I have categorized the readings according to the topics related.
Introduction to Autism and Historical Perspectives:
1. Kanner, L. (1943). Autistic disturbances of affective contact. Nervous Child, 2, 217-250.
2. Wolff, S (2004). The history of autism. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 13, 201-208.
Early Diagnosis and Early Characteristics of Autism:
3. Osterling, J & Dawson, G. (1994). Early Recognition of Children with Autism: A Study of First Birthday Home Videotapes, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 24, 247-257.
4. Zwaigenbaum, L, Bryson, S., Rogers, R., Roberts, W, Brian, J, Szatmari, P (2005). Behavioral manifestations of autism in the first year of life. Int J Devl Neuroscience, 23 143-152.
Early Intervention, ABA, and Parents:
5. Kasari, C., Gulsrud, A., Freeman, S., Paparella, T, Hellemann, G (2012). Longitudinal follow up of children with autism receiving targeted interventions on joint attention and play. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 51, 487-495.
6. Lovaas, O.I. (1987). Behavioral treatment and normal educational and intellectual functioning in young autistic children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 55, 3-9.
7. Rogers, S. and Vismara, L. (2008). Evidence-based comprehensive treatments for early autism. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 37(1), 8-28.
Social Skills and School Based Interventions:
8. Kasari, C., Locke, J., Gulsrud, A., & Rotheram-Fuller, E. (2011). Social networks and friendships at school: Comparing children with and without Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
9. Kasari, C., Rotheram-Fuller, E., Locke, J., & Gulsrud, A. (2012). Making the Connection: Randomized Controlled Trial of Social Skills at School for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53, 431-439.
10. Laugeson, E. A., Frankel, F., Mogil, C., & Dillon, A. R. (2009). Parent-assisted social skills training to improve friendships in teens with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(4), 596-606.
11. Rao, P. Beidel, D. & Murray, MJ (2008). Social skills interventions for children with Asperger?s syndrome or high-functioning autism: A review and recommendations. J Autism Developmental Disorders, 38, 353-361.
Language, Academic Difficulties & Comorbidity in Autism:
12. Nation, K, Clarke, P, Wright, B, & Williams, C. (2006). Patterns of reading ability in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36, 911-919.
13. Pickett, E, Pullara, O, O?Grady, J, & Gordon, B (2009). Speech acquisition in older nonverbal individuals with autism: A review of features, methods, and prognosis. Cognitive Behavior Neurology, 22, 1-21.
14. Wood, J. J., Drahota, A., Sze, K., Har, K., Chiu, A., & Langer, D. A. (2009). Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders: A randomized, controlled trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50(3), 224-234.
Adolescence and Adulthood:
15. Gerhardt, P (2007). Effective transition planning for Learners with ASD. Exceptional Parent, April.
16. Howlin, P (2000). Outcome in adult life for more able individuals with autism or Asperger syndrome. Autism, 4, 63-83.
17. Humphrey, N. & Symes, W. (2011). Peer interaction patterns among adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) in mainstream school settings. Autism, 15, 397-419.
Firsthand perspectives on Autism
18. Cesaroni, L. & Garber, M (1991). Exploring the experience of autism through firsthand accounts. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 21, 303-313.
19. Humphrey, N & Lewis, S (2008). ?Make me normal? the views and experiences of pupils on the autistic spectrum in mainstream secondary schools. Autism, 12, 23-46.
I submitted a plan to the professor and was approved couple weeks ago.
The following is my plan.
I picked the movie “The Story of Luke” It was produced in 2012. I will focus on the main character Luke. Luke, a young man with autism, is thrust into a world that doesn’t expect anything from him. But Luke is on a quest for a job and true love. And he isn’t taking no for an answer. I will focus on whether the movie made today has an accurate reflection of people with autism.
You can either follow my plan or you can pick another character to compare as long as the character is diagnosed with Autism.

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