Asperger children display characteristics that can be compared to the behavior of wild animals that are captured and confined in zoos or other unnatural environments. The negative influence of ‘sick’ environments extends to human children in general, who must adapt to confinement in buildings such as schools, which are sealed off from the natural world, built of artificial materials, and which are designed to enforce social conformity. These environments might be more honestly and realistically identified as child research laboratories or zoos.
From the Born Free Foundation
“Captive animals may no longer be able to have control over their environment, nor carry out evolved behaviours aimed at enhancing their welfare or survival prospects. Instead they must rely on humans to provide for many of their physical, social, biological and other needs.”
“If the captive environment does not cater for the species-specific needs of the animal, there can be a deterioration in both physical and mental health such as the development of abnormal behaviour, disease and even early mortality.”
“Similarly, invasive interventions such as the restriction of movement, training using negative reinforcement techniques, being trained to perform unnatural behaviours or making modifications to the normal physiology of animals to reduce risks when handling, can cause severe and lasting distress.”
“Abnormal behavior can include stereotypic behaviours – repetitive behaviours which appear to have no obvious goal or function – such as repetitive pacing, swaying, head-bobbing or circling and bar-biting ‘demonstrably caused by the frustration of natural behaviour patterns, impaired brain function, or repeated attempts to deal with some problem’ (Mason, 2005); over-grooming, excessive licking and vocalization are recognized as displacement behaviours, ‘arising out of conflict when an animal is driven to perform two behaviours at the same time’ e.g. conflict between the fear of the keeper and the desire to get food (Bacon 2011).
Why do experts in human pathologies not understand that Asperger children suffer similar reactions (as other animals) due to being confined in inappropriate physical and social environments, in which they are forced to adapt to hostile conditions? I believe that Asperger individuals are so different from Social Typical humans that we ought to be recognized as a distinct but equal human type.