In recent weeks I have heard two people refer to Napolean Dynamite as having autism. These were moms both referring to their own children as having “the same type of autism as Napolean Dynamite” and one mom said that he had aspergers! I laughed out loud both times. The character ND has autism?Â While in school for many, many years, eventually getting my CA teaching credential I did A LOT of research, discussions and learning about learning dissabilities- and autism was at the top of the list. I would have never placed ND in this category- but I am no doctor.
Since two separate people made this reference I thought I should check it out. So, I did!
* The first link was movie review. This guy said that it is obvious that ND has asperger’s and compared him to Rain Man! Rain Man had zero social skills (could not relate to other people), had problems communicating what her wanted and he was very factual- no imagination, could not understand humor… and he had one subject that he was a “genius” in. The prime example of a person with aspergers.
* The next few articles were writtenÂ by psychiatrists and printed in medical journals- I would take these a bit more seriously than a movie review. They confirmed my belief that ND was just socially awkward, weird, quirky, unusual, eccentric, strange, kooky, odd, peculiar, strange… whatever adjective you want to put in there! He was a TEENAGER. I have known a few ND in my time… some you reading this…
To the lady who told me her son has aspergers, the kind ND has- news for ya- your kid is just weird! Embrace it!