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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
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The Hidden Potential of Autistic Kids: What intelligence tests might be overlooking


From the Scientific American

The Hidden Potential of Autistic Kids

What intelligence tests might be overlooking when it comes to autism

Nov 30, 2011 |By Rose Eveleth

The average child will score around the same percentile for all these tests, both verbal and nonverbal. But an autistic child will not. Isabelle Soulieres, a researcher at Harvard University, gave a group of autistics both WISC and the Raven test to measure the difference between the two groups. Although she expected a difference, she was surprised at just how big the gap was. On average, autistic students performed 30 percentile points better on the Raven test than on WISC. Some kids jumped 70 percentile points. "Depending on which test you use, you get a very different picture of the potential of the kids," she says. Other studies have confirmed this gap, although they found a smaller jump between tests.

The “high functioning” autistic children, with the least severe version of the disability, were not the only ones to score higher. Soulieres conducted a study recently at a school for autistic children considered intellectually disabled. Using the Raven test, she found that about half of them scored in the average range for the general population. "Many of those who are considered low-functioning—if you give them other intelligence tests, you will find hidden potential," she says. "They can solve really complex problems if you give them material that they can optimally process."

What this means, she says, is that schools are underestimating the abilities of autistic children all across the spectrum. The widespread use of the WISC in schools has helped set expectations of autistic kids too low—assuming that they will not be able to learn the same things that the average child can. Based on the test results, people come to the conclusion that autistic children cannot learn, when perhaps they do not learn the same way other people do.

This hidden potential was recently acknowledged by Laurent Mottron, a psychiatrist at the University of Montreal. In an article in the November 3 issue of Nature, he recounts his own experience working with high-functioning autistic people in his lab, which showed him the power of the autistic brain rather than its limitations. Mottron concludes that perhaps autism is not really a disease at all—that it is perhaps just a different way of looking at the world that should be celebrated rather than viewed as pathology.


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Sep 26, 2014, 02:42 PM (39 replies)

Here is a great 10 minute and 27 second documentary about Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

Critically acclaimed documentary film about autism by an autistic film director.

'autism reality' is a moving interview-based piece that shows a new and refreshing side of the issue.


Here is a 14 minute and 22 second BBC production narrated by a young 13-year-old child with autism:

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Sep 20, 2014, 06:12 PM (4 replies)

Oklahoma state Sen. Bennett: American Muslims are a ‘cancer in our nation that needs cutting out’

John Bennett (Tulsa World)

Oklahoma state Senator John Bennett (R) came under fire last week for comments he made about Muslims in America.

The Tulsa World reports that yesterday he doubled down on those comments, refusing to apologize “because I’m right, and they know I’m right.”

Bennett claims that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) “used political pressure to make me back down, but I didn’t and I’m not going to.”

“Is there a difference between moderate and radical Islam?” he asked, before answering, “I say, ‘No.’”

He then said that the goal of all Muslims is “the destruction of Western civilization from within. This is a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out,” he added, but “the media is playing right into their hands.”


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Sep 17, 2014, 01:00 PM (9 replies)

Would you support Bernie in the primaries - but back Hillary if she becomes the party nominee?

This is of course if Sen. Sanders runs for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

This photo is in reference to answer # 7


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Sep 17, 2014, 09:36 AM (16 replies)

John Stewart Tears Into Lindsey Graham for Scaring the Crap Out of Everyone over ISIS


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Sep 16, 2014, 06:44 AM (5 replies)

This is the absolutely the weirdest Psych test I have come across so far- Dissociative Identity

Disorder -

Dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) is thought to be an effect of severe trauma during early childhood, usually extreme, repetitive physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.

What Is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Most of us have experienced mild dissociation, which is like daydreaming or getting lost in the moment while working on a project. However, dissociative identity disorder is a severe form of dissociation, a mental process which produces a lack of connection in a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. Dissociative identity disorder is thought to stem from trauma experienced by the person with the disorder. The dissociative aspect is thought to be a coping mechanism -- the person literally dissociates himself from a situation or experience that's too violent, traumatic, or painful to assimilate with his conscious self.


Here are 28 fairly simple - but VERY strange questions - This will take only a few minutes to complete:

Screening Test for Dissociative Identity Disorder


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Aug 27, 2014, 01:55 AM (24 replies)

What is your actual attitude toward Rand Paul?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Aug 26, 2014, 05:20 PM (47 replies)

Mother turns over sexting 13-year-old daughter to police for ‘harsh’ punishment

By Scott Kaufman
Sunday, August 24, 2014 11:48 EDT

A Virginia mother turned her 13-year-old daughter over to police after she found nude images of the teen on her phone and tablet, CBS 6 News reports.

The Dinwiddie, Virginia mother — whose name will not be revealed, to protect her daughter’s identity — said that she discovered the images after she found her daughter using her phone and tablet at 4 a.m. last week. She confiscated the eighth grader’s electronics and began to look through the recent activity, where she found photographs both of her daughter and her peers.

“Looking through the phone and the tablet we did find sexual pictures, conversations that were very inappropriate for her age,” she told CBS 6 News.

She then took the drastic step of turning her daughter in to sheriff’s department. “We did this now to protect her for now and in the future, because this could get worse. She could be taken,” the teen’s mother said. “What she’s facing may be harsh, but we feel it’s for her own protection.”

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Aug 24, 2014, 01:33 PM (47 replies)

Are you a psychopath? Take this test and find out

Psychopathy is a condition that causes people to display anti-social behavior, lack of empathy and remorse, and fearless dominance. Find out more

Everyone has these characteristics to some degree - take the test and find out where you sit on the spectrum.


BTW: There is a question about your income level - since this is a British test you may want to know:

1 British Pound Sterling equal = 1.66 US Dollar
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Aug 21, 2014, 04:40 PM (41 replies)

Who Said It: Hillary Clinton or John McCain? Take this quiz



Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Aug 15, 2014, 09:24 AM (44 replies)
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