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.
Universally parents worry about safety when it comes to their children. Those children on the autism spectrum are at a higher risk of being hurt, victimized or wandering off, to name a few concerns that are high on the list. Children and adults with autism seem to have a lower self-preservation ‘instinct’ built in, and their sensory processing does not work to protect them towards safety and crisis prevention.
Nonverbal children and teens are at higher risk of physical and sexual abuse because of their inability to talk back or protect themselves. The abuse rate for children with a developmental disability is 3.4 times the rate of typical children. Sexual predators very well recognize the opportunities for abuse with the nonverbal child who is many times more vulnerable. Predators know there is very little likelihood of their being caught as these victims either will not be able to communicate or they will not be believed. Therefore, the autistic person needs an adult who is present for a twenty-four hour support.
Here’s introducing super-parenting; an effective communication therapy that focuses on the parents of autistic children in order for them to have a deep understanding of how their child relates to everyday life, especially in terms of social skills .
This kind of therapy concentrates on kids with extreme autism, who are frequently unable to converse.
Today, there are thousands of adults who suffer from untreated autism and have difficulty finding information and programs to support their needs. There is much written about children with this condition, however very little is spoken about adult autism, and there may also be so many adults living undiagnosed. Knowing some of the common symptoms and facts about autism will help you figure out whether you are living with autism as an adult.
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.
How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers vital clues about your child’s development.
Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age.
Using the chart below, you can check the milestones your child has reached, every growth stage, until he or she is 5 years old.
The first chart gives you some indicative behaviors of normal growth in children, followed by red flags that you must watch for
in autistic children, for the age group mentioned. If your child displays any of the Autism Spectrum Disease symptoms, do visit your doctor for follow up action. The milestones cover – Physical Development, Cognitive Development, Language Development and Psychosocial Development.
Without the right support, adolescents on the autism spectrum retreat into themselves during this period of growth.
They experience loneliness and confusion, and there is an increased risk of depression and suicide during these years as well.
Not only is their social world unpredictable during adolescence; their response to this stress can be equally challenging.
Autism is a developmental disorder that can have a far reaching effect on an individual, hampering domains such as the cognitive, language, sensory, emotional and also motor integration and coordination.
Because autism is experienced as a cluster of symptoms, it is very important that families with people who are struggling with autism spectrum disorders take the time necessary to choose an insurance plan that serves their particular need.
Assessment and Diagnoses of Autism
Finding out that somebody close to you may require assessment into whether they have autism is never an easy process to go through. But it is one that is best done as early as possible.
Early diagnoses of the problem, especially in children, can lead to vital interventions that could be potentially life-altering.