H.O.W. To Help Children With Autism

Autism effects the entire world.
Autism effects the entire world.

Autism has been defined as a disability in which a child learns, behaves, and interacts in every day situations. Children with Autism often have difficulty interacting with other people, children and adults and when they learn how to speak they often repeat themselves. or repeat what others are saying to them. In terms of behavior, children with Autism usually repeat the same behavior as well. Sometimes a child will turn in circles, or repeat a particular movement.

Autism is a problem that many people cannot understand. It has nothing to do with a child's level of intelligence, but it is connected to communication. Children with Autism have feelings and needs but they do not understand how to tell others how they feel or what they need.

Some people think Autistic children have low intelligence, but that is not true. What is true is that our society is slowly starting to understand children with Autism and what they truly need. This understanding started slowly, but has started to grow.

The purpose of this hub is to show people H.O.W. to help children with Autism, not only on a personal level, but also on a global level.

When it comes to having a child with Autism it is important to know that social skills are difficult. Children with Autism are afraid of many people, because they simply don't understand them. One of the things that helps children with Autism is dogs. That is pretty interesting, because studies have shown that if a dog is given to a child with Autism, then that child's social skills increase more rapidly then a child who does not have a dog. Dogs are sweet and have no demands. Dogs allow children to make eye contact without making fun of them. It is pretty amazing to scientists, but not to me. There are more animals then just dogs who help children with Autism, horses are also able to help children with Autism to increase their social skills.

When it comes to a global issue, there is another way H.O.W. to help children with Autism. This is called the World Autism Awareness Day. The day is April 2, 2012 will be the 5th year that the World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated, by Autism organizations around the world.

If you can think of anything that has to do with Autism, please put it on your Facebook page or hit "Like" on the World Autism Awareness Day on Facebook. The World Autism Awareness Day will tell you more about events, fundraising, and other information.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Thank you Michele, and you are absolutely right. I think understanding about autism is happening; slowly but it is happening. I will share this to help raise awareness, and thank you for adding to our cause.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much for your comment bill, these children are wonderful, all they need is a little bit of extra time. Thank you so much for sharing this!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Michele, I thank you sincerily. This hub says a lot, and shows how big is your heart. The Fb link is important, and hopefully we will understand better this asperger's disorder. Voting this up!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much for voting this up, and clicking on the link. That means a lot.


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HoneyBB 4 years ago from Illinois

Michele, thanks for bringing more awareness to autism. I am the Gramma to two boys with autism and the issue is close to my heart. I hope bringing awareness will spark an interest in people who will make a difference either through research or by educating others. thanks for sharing.


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cyoung35 4 years ago from Corona, CA

This is a great article because most people think that autism is an intelligence issue and not a social issue. I think we all have a bit of autism in us, whether it is a fear of speaking in front of a crowd, not fealing comfortable at social gatherings or just not being able to look someone in the eye when you talk to them. These are all forms of autism and it has nothing to do with intelligence. Great hub and I hope this will help people understand more about this condition.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Good morning Michele.

Very good point about shyness. It is something important for teachers to know.

God bless you for opening my eyes to a very important lesson.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

HoneyBB thank you, my daughter has the diagnosis of Asberger's syndrome. It is still under the Autism Spectrum. But, we understand each other, that is for sure.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you cyoung35 your comment means a lot to me.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

teacherjoe52 Thank you so much for your comment also.

God bless you.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Great post, Michele. I know children with autism, their world is filled with a difference in view, we must reach out to them to help them make sense of it all.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you very much teaches, I know you are one of the teachers who helps children who need it.


JThomp42 4 years ago

Great hub! Thank you for bringing attention to autism. Voted up ans awesome!


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Thanks for sending some more needed information our way - a very informative read!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

JThomp42 Thank you so much for your comment. This one is very important, and means a lot.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much lifegate,

I really appreciate your comment.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Thank you so much for an informative, important hub! Voted up!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

btrbell Thank you so much for your comment, it means a lot to me.


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fjohn 4 years ago from india

A great piece of work ...


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

fjohn Thank you.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Thanks for sharing this, Michele. Too many people think that autism is all to do with low intelligence but it is in fact not true. Many are brilliant mathematicians and pianists too! Will pass this along! A wonderful hub.


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Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

Michele, thank you so much for this. I was struck by your comment about a dog. I just read an incredible novel I could not put down, about a little boy with autism and his love for his neighbor's dog. The book was called "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," by Mark Haddon. Between the book and you, I know a little more than I did about autism. Thanks. Voted up and useful.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Michele,

This is a well-written piece here and straight from your loving heart no doubt about it. What a great contribution t the H.O.W. movement.

Voted up+++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

midget38 That is very true, even some geniuses have been found to have Autism, such as Jacob Barnett has an IQ of 170 - higher than Albert Einstein -

Jake was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, a mild form of autism, from an early age


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much for your comment. Animals are so wonderful. In fact even horses. I volunteered for a program that helped children with Autism ride horses. We even rescued horses, that had been abused. After a short time, these horses started to love the children. I owned on that had been abused. He also loved the children. They could run under his stomach and he would not move. He would put his head down so they could pet him, I could grab his neck and swing side to side.

However, a man in a baseball cap could not come near him. Not at all.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much Faith Reaper. The H.O.W. Movement is wonderful. I am thankful that you are a part of it. What you write and share is a gift from God.

God bless you

Michele


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ignugent17 4 years ago

This is very helpful to all and this will make people aware about the kids with autism.

Voted up and more. :-)


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you very much gnugent17 , there is another writer who wrote a hub about Autism. Her hubs are incredible.

http://hubpages.com/health/Early-Childhood-Interve...

I hope she doesn't mind I put this in here, but it will help parents whose children have Autism


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

Hi Michele,

Great hub on autism. I think that it is generally a misunderstood condition but I have dealt with some autistic children and they are a delight as any other child is. One just has to know how to get through to the autistic child.

I know that I can ask you - what does H.O.W. stand for?


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

H.O.W. is Humanity One World. It is a group of people that want's to help people even if it is just one person. I joined it. People on Hubpages are writing hubs about things that are important to them. Or ways to help people in need. It is also on Facebook.

We put a lot of our hubs in it. They can be seen on Facebook as well as hubpages.

Here is a link to it.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/294777667307474/


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

Thanks Michele, I will check it out.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for checking it our North Wind. Since my daughter has Autism, this one is important for me. I love her so much, my heart is so full of love. It is God, who has fill my heart.


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

It has been a long time since I have worked with persons with disabilities, I was not aware that dogs and other animals can be so beneficial.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Hi Lipnancy, isn't it amazing. Sometimes the animals help more then some of the people.


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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina

Since I joined hubpages I have learned so much about autism. You are so right. People need to be educated to learn how they can help. Great hub!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much tammyswallow, children with Autism just need to be helped and loved. There is so much they can do. Ignoring them is the worst thing that can ever happen to them.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Thank you Michele, this is awesome. Cats also are good for autistic children. My grandson has three. John William Shenko is also one of the 2005 Temple Grandin award winners.

Also John is one of the best inline skaters in the world, thanks to his father.

We are so proud of John.

Thanks again for your hub.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

That is wonderful Shyron. These children are amazing. My daughter when it comes to computers can do anything. She has started to make her own cartoons. I looked at her cartoons, they are already moving and have voices. And she can build robots. But, her social skills are still what they are. I love her so much,

Also, it sounds like your grandson has a wonderful father.

Isn't it interesting how much animals are not as judgemental as people are?


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi michele, I used to help teach kids after school, and we had a couple of children with autism. One especially was very much autistic and we had to act in a certain way, avoid eye contact with him sometimes and give him hugs when he demanded them, so this is a great hub and something close to my heart, voted up! nell


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you so much Nell. Sometimes people think they are strange, but what is important, and you just showed me, they are like the rest of them. Just beautiful children. We love them so much!

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