We All Need To Understand Autism
One in Every 68 Children in the U.S. is Diagnosed with Autism
People that have this should get total respect
Autism is a developmental disorder that generally leads to differences in communication and social skills. It is a neurological difference that presents significant difficulties, but also blessings.
Understand that autism is a wide spectrum disorder. This means that symptoms vary from person to person. No two autistic individuals will experience the exact same symptoms.
One person might have severe sensory issues with strong social skills and executive function, while another may have little sensory issues while struggling with basic social interaction. Due to this variation in symptoms, it is hard to generalize this condition.
Keep this fact in mind when explaining autism to someone else. It is important to express that not all autistic people act the same way, just as not all neurotypical people act the same way.
When describing an autistic person, emphasize that particular individual’s needs. The autistic person may display some abnormal behaviors. This is called self-stimulatory behavior, or stimming, because it stimulates the senses. Stimming can help with self-calming, focus, communication and meltdown prevention. Explain that while it looks unusual, it is never okay to stop an autistic person from stimming.
Learn what autistic people have to say about autism. Autistic people, experiencing the differences and urges themselves, can offer the greatest insight into how autism works. They also present a more inclusive view than many parent-run organizations.
Be aware of communication differences. Some autistic people find communicating with others to be very difficult.
Some common communication issues linked to autism include:
- Unusual or flat tone of voice, creating odd rhythms and pitches
- Repeating questions or phrases (echolalia)
- Difficulty expressing needs and desires
- Taking longer to process spoken words, not responding quickly to instructions, or becoming confused by too many words spoken too quickly
- Literal interpretation of language (confused about sarcasm, irony, and figures of speech)
Understand that autistic people interact differently with the world around them.When speaking with an autistic person, you may find yourself wondering if they are really paying attention to you, or even care that you’re there. Don’t let this bother you. Keep in mind that:
- It is not uncommon for autistic individuals to appear disinterested in their surroundings. They may simply not be aware of or interested in the people around them. This makes it difficult to connect with others.
- An autistic person might listen differently. For example, eye contact may feel very uncomfortable and distracting to them, and they may need to fidget in order to focus. Thus, what looks like inattentiveness is actually them making modifications so they can listen better.
- Autistic children may find it challenging to play with others, because it involves difficult social rules and/or overwhelming sensory experiences. They may find it easier to disengage.
Autistic people generally enjoy structure. They can create highly structured routines for their day. This is because autistic people can be easily startled by unknown stimuli, and the certainty of a schedule feels more comfortable. Autistic people:
- Follow a strict routine.
- Find unexpected changes very distressing (e.g. change in school environment).
- Use a comfort object to help deal with stress.
- Place things in order (e.g. lining toys up by color and size).
To better understand autism, read online stories, blog posts, accounts, etc., created by autistic people. Try starting with hashtags like #AskAnAutistic and #ActuallyAutistic, and autistic writers such as Cynthia Kim and Amy Sequenzia.
To understand this you should watch this documentary. It shows the child and the parents and how they tried to help him!
With April being Autism Awareness Month, I’m hoping you can share this so more people can read about it. Thank you for stopping by!
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