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SuMin Nam

New York, New York, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • additional bibliography

    Education, Communication Design


    • Banks, James A. Cultural Diversity and education. 5th ed. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2006. : Talks about educations in cultural diversity as in foundations, curriculums and teaching.

    • Blackbourn, J.M., James P. Patton, and Audrey Trainor. Exceptional individuals in focus. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2004.

    • Carley, Michael John. Asperger's from the Inside out. New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2008.

    • Nadesam, Majia H. Constructing Autism: unraveling the ‘truth’ and understanding the social. New York, NY: Routledge, 2005 : This book deals with diagonosing autism through classical readings and contemporary nosologies, children and madness, the history of childhood as on ontologies, institutional divisions, child saving and child guidance. In educating children, this book illustrates how scientists and medical pratitioners do not know what autism is, and how it is remains ambiguous and elusive in the efforts to represent the definition and concretely in biomedical research and in diagonostic nosologies. However, it gives a definition of autism as a lack of "normal" communication skills in the broadest possible way; as normal depicts as set of behavior and expressiveness. Also, it is categorized for grouping hetergeneous people all sharing communication practices deviating significantly from the expectations of normality. Austistic people don't have ability to communicate with others.

    • James, Ioan. Asperger’s Syndrome and high achievement and some very remarkable people. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006. : This book introduces on social impairements, all-absorbing narrow interests, repetitive routines, speech and language peculiarities. It identifies social impairments as 'a reduction in empathy, or social resonance' which fail to understand another person's feelings, thoughts and to respond to these appropriately. People with this syndrome are too preoccupied with their own private reality, for example, they have in-abiltity to manage social relationships and communication throughout life. Also they have strong desire to be popular and liked, to be part of society, and accepted by those around them. But they are unable to tell if they are speaking to is getting bored or not. They have this own repetitive routines which has the imposition of routines, rituals, and interests on self or others. They exhibit a great variety of fixation, obsession, and compulsions.

    • Matson, Johny L. Autism in children and adults: eticology, assessment, and intervention. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole publishing company, 1994. : This book states autism is not an emotional disorder, brought on by the mis-handling of child in some subtle, but devastating, psychological way. Experts had proclaimed, as though they were blessed with some divine insight, that mother caused autism in their children. The writer named Bruno Bettelheim describes ' in which mothers were viciously condemned for their attitudes toward their children, which had caused their children to withdraw into autism. Their symptoms are 1. extreme self-isolation, present from the first year of life, 2. excessive insistence on the preservation of sameness. Psychometric characteristics are internal consistency, reliability, validity. Autism behavior can be diagonoized under five scales: Sensory, relating, body and object use, language, social and self-helping skills. Asperger's syndrome is described as " odd, naive, egocentric style of social interaction; long-winded, pedantic, repetitive speech: a limited range of circumscribed interests persued to the exclusion of other activities; poor coordination of movements and a consipicuous lack of common sense.

    • Schopler, Eric, and Gary B. Mesibov. Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism. New York, NY: Plenum press, 1998.

    • Attwood, Tony. Asperger's syndrome: A guide for parents and professionals. Bristol, PA: Jessica Kingsley, 1998.

  • 51xejyunwvl

    Hey SuMin. If you're doing Asberger's you'd want to check out this book Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Asberger's. It's from Augusten Burroughs' brother and supposed to be really good.

  • Darius_mccollum_132_

    SuMin, You have done an excellent job of leanring about issues surrounding Aspbergers and autism. Take a look at the story of Darius McCollum, a guy with Aspbergers who is obsessed with the New York City Subway system. He has been arrested 19 times for impersonating subway workers, even stealing entire subway trains and driving them around. It's an amusing story, but it also tells us a lot about this disorder, and how it causes people to do strange things. But maybe he's a happy guy, I don't know.

    Now that have done all of this research, and developed a very strong awareness of the problems facing this population, what can you do to help? How can a product you design be of use in the therapy of kids with these kinds of problems? Can you quickly come up with three product ideas and tell me about them? Don't worry if they are dumb ideas or impossible to do. Just imagine some things that you believe would be useful or interesting to help this group.

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
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