Saturday, May 12, 2012

Alex And The Cricket - Passive Observation


Song:  Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In

Group:  The 5th Dimension




Last night, at approximately 9:30 P.M....
after Alex had finished his studies for the night...
he was relaxing at the dinner table with his iPad.

As the temperature was a very agreeable 71 degrees F...
we had our windows open.

Along with a gentle breeze wafting through the house...
the sound of one persistent cricket presented itself.

Alex used a timer to get the number of times the cricket had chirped
per minute and had Googled the formula for the determination of temperature
according to Dolbear's Law.


Simplified -  T (temp in F) = 40 + N (number of chirps in 15 sec)
                T (temp in C) = 5 + N (number of chirps in 8 sec)




Alex had then presented his findings to his mother
(he calculated that the cricket had been off by 2 degrees - 69 degrees F).

His mother pointed out that it depends on the type of cricket...
but as this cricket had chirped within the bounds of approximation...
his mother then showed him that through a known temperature...
and the chirps of the cricket...
the type of cricket chirping may also be determined
(they had Googled the cricket widespread in the US.  It had matched.).


While this is a commonly known law to many elementary school children...
as made famous through many TV shows...
and in particular, in one episode of The Big Bang Theory...
it was the fact that it was self initiated by Alex that was so good to see.

During our many outings...
I have always made a point to have Alex observe his surroundings...
through all of his senses...
and to make connections with what is naturally implied by
 what he hears, sees, smells and feels (too dangerous to arbitrarily taste objects)...
and reality.


While his mind is constantly active...
and he is naturally inquisitive...
up until recently, it had been internal...
he had rarely expressed his observations.

He usually makes mathematical observations
(he likes to know the number of occurrences of an event to determine 
percentages or probabilities).

Many persons on the Autistic Spectrum spend a lot of time internally...
or on areas of particular interest to them...
often times to the exclusion of the world around them.

While Alex had used math to run a simple experiment...
it was the fact that he had gone into a passive observation mode of his surroundings...
instead of shutting out his surroundings to concentrate on what was just before him
that indicates a dawn of growth in Alex.

This marks a new age of Alex.  :)

And yes...
when I had learned of the event of
 Alex and the Cricket from his mother...
this particular song popped into mind.  :)


2 comments:

  1. Not having seen The Big Bang Theory (or many other tv shows recently), I was not aware of this cricket law. I'm sure my son would be fascinated by it. And yes, how nice that Alex is becoming more aware of his surroundings!

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  2. Being aware of his surroundings is such a critical task, not just to keep him out of harms way physically, but it is important to his social life. He must keep tabs on facial and body language, as well as voice tone and language used, and compare it to the person's resulting actions. He will then be able to compile a reference to human behavior...at least as to how that particular person operates, and especially for him to know the general context of meanings in groups.

    It all comes down to general awareness of his surroundings. Hopefully, as he matures, he will keep his awareness growing.

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