Please read this!
I actually never heard of the sundae bar theory and it really does take away the dualism of “mild” to “severe” or “good” to “bad”. And that’s a good thing because we shouldn’t put someone on a graph that is some measurable distance away from being “normal” as if one end of the spectrum is considered close to “normal” and the other end is considered “barely human.” Because when we see an autistic individual that is going to show up in our minds even before we meet them.
I know that probably wasn’t the intention of those who created the spectrum theory (or maybe it was idk) but the point is that’s how most people see the spectrum as. And that’s how I saw it. I mean the spectrum theory is a hell of a lot better than actually using the words “mild” and “severe” as if it’s a disease. But now we can take it a step even further.
We’re just people trying to figure out this messed-up world just like everyone else. We just do it differently or in a more unique way. And I’m so happy that children can understand that through shows like Sesame Street.
Sesame Street is that shit.
I was a bit skeptical about how Julia was portrayed on Sesame Street (which you can see here) at first too, but after watching episodes that dealt with really heavy issues like death and racism, I finally realized that it has to be easy enough for very young children to understand.
I’m very happy about their efforts to make the world a better place and to increase understanding between different groups of people.
I don’t know who made it, but I know the graphic that goes with the sundae bar analogy.
It’s honestly so useful and so much better than the spectrum. To be honest I used it in a research paper I did about A$ (and why its bs) for my English final last year.