If you just Google the word “autism”, you would be amazed to see the huge number of results the search engine returns. It’s obvious that the awareness and knowledge of autism has grown enormously in the last few years, especially with the evolution of the internet. However, the vast amount of information found can be overwhelming and sometimes imprecise. Understanding an autistic person is very important to communicate with them and help them feel comfortable in the society.
Communication is when one person sends a message to another. Interaction is when two people respond to each other – it’s a two way street. We all know about it, and have been thought the etiquettes of communication. But when we find someone, not following the societal pre-defined etiquettes, we find it humiliating as well as the other person rude. That ‘rude’ person may be an autistic and they are not doing it on purpose, it’s just how their mind work.
For those of us who are autistic, the world appears vastly different from how it appears to other people.
And it gets even more interesting-if you can use that term-when you consider that as a spectrum condition, each autistic person sees the world differently from another. There is no seen-one-seen-‘em-all scenario here. On the contrary, once you’ve met one person with autism…you’ve met one person with autism-that’s it.
So, as one would expect, this is a much personalised list since I can only speak for myself. These are 11 things which I have learned since being diagnosed with autism.
Michael Brannigan of the United States won the gold medal in the 1500 meters race of the Paralympics this year.
The 19-year- old from Northport said after claiming the gold medal that he is going to keep on practicing and improving to get stronger. Brannigan who intends to cross over from the Paralympics to the Olympics won a gold medal for team USA on 13th September 2016 in the 1500 meters race. He led the race from start to the end achieving this about a month after breaking the mile in 4 minutes barrier.
April was a heart-shattering month for Michael’s parents who died at age 14 after a seizure caused him to go into cardiac arrest that later took away his life. Michael had a severe form of autism and also had an extensive history of epilepsy. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s data shows that 20-30% children with ASD develop epilepsy by the time they become adults.
When Michael’s parents were waiting in the hospital, a doctor suggested donating Michael’s organs. It was when his mother, Mrs Bolen decided to donate his brain.
Speech language pathologists Diane Paul and Donna Murray will inform us on what social communication disorder is and how to treat it. It is a new addition to the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (SCD). It covers problems with interaction, social understanding and pragmatics which refers to using language in the right context. For example, it is important that a child from the early age learns how to communicate with parents at home versus communication with the teacher at school.
Kristin jackowski, a mom who has pushed for a change in target’s checkout lines has almost lost all the hopes. This concerned mom from plymouth could not dream of her petition being answered. Luckily, a market from Delaware has already decided to make a change. Paul kourtis, a shop director, did not quite understand the petition at first. You do not have to be a parent of an autistic child to be aware of all the difficulties these parents put up with especially when faced with everyday situations such as waiting in checkout lanes.
Autism is a condition present from early childhood. It is characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
Living with autism is a very difficult experience to most people having the condition because it is very hard for them to communicate or even study, but in the recent past with the help of technology, their lives have been better as technological tools that help them in their day to day activities has been invented. A kindle touch, a product from the Amazon is one of them.
A new study coming out of Drexel University shows that children exposed to high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls while in the womb may be more at risk of developing autism.
Up to 50 to 80% more at risk.
Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are man-made chemicals that long ago fell out of favour in the late 1970s because of the growing concerns about their health effects. Back then they were used in the manufacture of a wide range of products like fluorescent light bulbs, insulators and electrical appliances.