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Autism: Be Aware Or Be Accepting
Have you ever noticed something mysterious, strange, or uncommon in a person? Whether it is sensitivity to loud noises or certain gestures you don't understand? In fact, there is a whole variety of certain instincts that are not just strange or abnormal, but unique and surprising! What is this trait? What is this that we are going to talk about? Remember the famous saying "You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover", it is time to look deep into this word, known as Autism.
Autism... What Is It?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) comes in only one diagnosis, but there are different severities such as mild, high functioning, and severe. Some examples are Asperger's Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). A few years after a child has been born, certain symptoms will need to be analyzed by psychiatrists, therapists, or psychologists. The age of diagnosis is quite difficult to determine, but it could range from 18 to 24 months, and most of the time the diagnosis is probably recognized between 3 to 5 years old.
After some resarch and analysis from a doctor, Autism will be the child's diagnosis. Also there are different symptoms when someone is diagnosed with autism. For instance... difficulty in communication with other humans, understanding others being too rough for him or her, obsessive topics or interests, constant babbling or talking and even repetitive behaviors. And for those of you curious folks out there asking, "Can it be cured?" No, it can't be cured. However, you can try to understand and learn from individuals diagnosed with autism! Those people can be treasures of life.
There Is More To Learn
In some circumstances, individuals without Autism or haven't known anybody diagnosed with Autism are not clear on what they need to understand. Maybe these people tease the people with Autism, ignore them, judge poorly, who knows what could happen? Based on experiences with individuals with ASD, as they wake up for first day of school, catch the bus, and head to class... they get nervous and fear conquers their feelings. Why? It's challenging for the people with autism learn at certain paces. These people are not ignorant, they are not weird. These individuals can become a huge impact on our world!
Now here's the real question for the parents of a child with autism. What is your child going to do in his or her future when you are not there for them? It's a big fear for the parents to set their diagnosed son or daughter into the real world where support and resources could be limited. But it's never too late to have hope and support these people with autism.
How You Can Help With Autism
There are many ways to help and you are asking yourself, "What should I do? I would be delighted to learn all about autism and help!" Here come some examples that you could to do help.
First off, you will need to look the person straight in the eye and introduce yourself. This will help the autistic person know that you are interested in interacting and talking to them. Socializing is very crucial in their lives and it helps adapt their communicating and their own nature. If they don't get social soon enough, their life could turn into quite a catastrophe. You don't want anybody being an outcast in life, that would be no fun
Second after your self introduction, talk to that person with autism about favorite topics. For instance, hobbies, favorite movies, best music genres, activities and even the outdoors to explore. Individuals with common interests have higher chances of developing friendships.
Third, offer any help or even ask questions. It demonstrates that you are ready to carry on a conversation with that person, which is a delight! You may be thinking to yourself, "This is how I meet people normally. But this person may have great qualities."
In closing, don't underestimate people with autism. Take the time to open the book and read the pages to understand all that we have to offer.