Saturday, August 29, 2015
Guardians of the Galaxy and the Autism Spectrum
So, the post going around about Drax from Guardians being like an autistic person because he could not get metaphors got me thinking, as a teacher I can see a bit of all the spectrum in the Guardians.
If Drax is verbal autistic,
Groot is non verbal autistic. He has so much to say, but just can't get it out. He is sweet and sensitive.
Rocket is total ADHD. All action all the time. Smart to the point of scary sometimes, he can create elaborate plans quickly that actually work. Can be totally obnoxious often, but you love him anyway.
Gamora is our girl on the spectrum. Smart, socially isolated and with a strong sense of justice, sometimes things go a little over her head but that's OK. Once she found her few good friends, all was well.
Starlord - He's our Aspie. Smart in certain ways, but socially awkward. Totally verbal but sometimes doesn't know when to stop talking. He knows he is different but doesn't quite know why.
and there it is, the Spectrum of Guardians of the Galaxy.