Week Two: Setting off

This is the end of the second week of my new Open University studies. It has been fulfilling and enlightening. As all useful education should be.

The Ups

Spent some time wandering through the OU Library Service, made a few notes, then carried on with other things.

Yesterday I did a general (Google) search on my topic and found some great journal article links. Problem was, the minimum charge for a PDF download was $35. What? Then I recalled the vast repository on the OU Library site. Eureka! There were the same articles for FREE. They shall be entered onto my Learning Plan ready for ‘Reading Time’.

At times like that my studies in Librarianship (albeit it long ago) and my work as a college assistant librarian pay off. Oh, but I do miss Dewey. The first term at Uni included learning the System – sometimes to decimal places.

I was also able to get back into XMind mind mapping program and work through my Topic and accompanying questions. It does help concentrate the mind on the pertinent issues and away from the abstract.

The Downs

Mostly good this week, as I settle into my planning and organisation.

My husband reads ‘Flipboard’ and often sends me links to articles I may find interesting. This week was no exception, and the link was a feature on new research on the link between autism and mitochondrial defects. Yes, DEFECTS. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has researched mice behaviours after tweaking their mitochondria. Et voila! They become autistic. You know, poor social interaction, pathological repetitive behaviours, anxiety … One of the ‘Comments’ that followed one publication was from a person celebrating these findings as ‘autism’ is way worse than ‘Covid’.

I am so incensed that I can’t even bring myself to comment on what I read. And that’s rare.

The Sideways

I enjoy Ted Talks and I found a few excellent ones on autism this week including one by Steve Silberman who wrote Neurotribes. The book was recommended on the ASD diagnosis follow-up group and I have a copy myself. It was interesting to hear him speak about the history of autism diagnosis, and I believe his talk will inform part of my research output.

I hope you’ve had a good week. We are still in very difficult and uncertain times.
Stay safe. Grab every opportunity you can to fulfil your dreams, or desires, or just fill your hours.
Marilyn X