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Autism Good and Bad
Autism the Good and Bad
The topic of my essay is the comparison of the Good and the Bad of a child on the Autism Spectrum. I will be showing the Good that comes from a child with this disorder and the Bad that is from having a child on the Spectrum. I have much experience with this topic, because I am an Autism mom.
The general audience for my topic is the mothers, fathers, and siblings of children with this disorder. I want to show them that this disorder is not all bad, but that there is some good in it as well. I want to show them that this is not an impossible fight. That having a child on the Autism Spectrum is not as big a burden as most of their peers will make it seem like it is. I want to give them help and hope. I want to give them something to look forward to. I want to help them can recognize the signs in the beginning so that they are not caught off guard by this diagnosis. I want them to see that with a child who has Autism it is not always bad, but that there is also some good that comes from this. I want to be prepared for everything that may come.
This paper will compare the good and bad that can be found when you have a child that suffers from Autism Disorder and each of the parts and symptoms. It will show parents the differences that are found in these children. It will help them to see the Good and the Bad that comes with an Autism diagnosis and not be afraid. It will show them that it is not all bad as they will be told that it is, but that there is also an amazing amount of good to be found in these children. It will also show how misunderstood the Autism Spectrum is and help to clear up some of the false statements that are initially made to new parents of a child on the Autism Spectrum. It will help the parents and the siblings to understand what is coming without intentionally trying to scare them with false beliefs.
Because I know about the good, and the bad that comes with just such a disorder. This disorder has many different facets and throughout the next weeks I will explore them all. I will show their differences and their likeness. The autism disorder has always been a disorder that was severely misunderstood by those who do not have it. I, however, have a firsthand look at the good and bad that comes with a diagnosis such as this. Being the parent of two children with this disorder I have seen most sides of it. I have seen many of the things that come along with this disorder as well. I have seen the good times and the tough times that can come from a diagnosis such as this.
I know from experience exactly what the Autism Disorder is. You see my two youngest children were diagnosed with two different forms of Autism a few years back, so I have learned a lot from my constant research of the subject at hand. Autism is not an easy diagnosis to accept when it comes to your child, but it is not a diagnosis that needs to be feared. It is just simply a disorder that we need to learn to understand.
I will be freelancing my writing with no particular ordering to it. I will be comparing and contrasting the Autism Spectrum disorder. Because I know about the good, and the bad that comes with just such a disorder. So, this is only a small preview of what I will be writing about over the next few weeks. This disorder has many different facets and throughout the next weeks I will explore them all. I will show their differences and their likeness.
The autism disorder has always been a disorder that was severely misunderstood by those who do not have it. I, however, have a firsthand look at the good and bad that comes with a diagnosis such as this. Being the parent of two children with this disorder I have seen most sides of it. I have seen many of the things that come along with this disorder as well. I have seen the good times and the tough times that can come from a diagnosis such as this.
Siblings of children with this disorder face many challenges. Such as, but not limited to having to miss out on certain things. Such as, when children have siblings on the autism spectrum they often must miss out on family outings, like movies, restaurants, and vacations. They also risked being embarrassed to bring friends home. The tantrums and outbursts of their siblings are unpredictable and often aimed at someone in the family. Often siblings of these kids face the challenge of having to grow up a bit faster than most of their peers because they must be “the responsible one.” The challenges that the siblings of these kid’s face are numerous. They have the sense and thoughts sometimes that they are always second to their parents, because so much of their parents’ time and energy is focused on the siblings with Autism.
Having a sibling with this disorder can be stressful for the children. However, with the bad there is also good with these kids. Sense of duty and responsibility aside, there are times of laughter where these kids are concerned. There are times when these children can be the sweetest children around. These children are also bright when it comes to doing certain things. Like my son who is diagnosed high-functioning autism is really good at math and my younger daughter who is diagnosed Asperger’s disorder is really good at drawing.
I have learned throughout the close to nine years that I have been dealing and learning about this disorder that all kids are different. There are many contrasting factors to these kids. My son can be really mean and argumentative, whereas my daughter is the sweetest child in the world. Being able to see both sides of this disorder has really opened my eyes and taught me a lot of different things throughout the past 9 years.
I chose this subject to compare and contrast because I know that there are many different sides to how this disorder is seen. I also know that there are just as many bad sides as there are good sides to this disorder. I have seen the effects that this disorder has on a child. I have seen firsthand the effects this disorder also has on the family of said child.
This article details some of the Good things that are found in Autism Disorder and some of the bad that comes with this disorder. The article goes into detail about how siblings of children with this disorder sometimes suffer the loss of participation in family functions because sometimes the family worries about how the child may act being around large groups of people. The article is written from the point of view of the experiences of the author and his or her experience with having a sibling that has Autism.
It seeks of how the heart is warmed with stories of the sibling showering the disabled child with love. The author speaks of specific reasons behind the embarrassment a sibling to an Autistic child may feel. Like the embarrassment of having friends over for fear that their sibling may cause a scene, or the unpredictable and sometimes violent tantrums that their siblings may have from absolutely no reason at all.
It goes into great detail about many of the bad effects of having a sibling with Autism, but on the same note it has many of the good effects listed as well. The author speaks of the parent’s role in the life of the child with Autism. Which I can tell you from experience is a very important one. After talking a bit about the parents’ role, the article goes on to detail some of the good in having an autistic sibling. Like how the child mostly seems to always be in a good mood, unless something sets them off.
My second source is an article that goes into great detail talking about how “the beauty is good” is just a stereotype. It talks of how it has been shown as a long-standing stereotype. It talks about how the children with Autism have an atypical processor. It also speaks of other hallmark features that comes with the disorder. This article speaks of how research was done using groups of children, the first group was made up of 71 typical children of ages 6-17 years of age. The second group included 18 all male children ranging in age from 7-17 who had a high functioning autism diagnoses. The excluded any children who had multiple other diagnoses such as Mental Retardation. Then they did numerous test on each group of these children to see where they stood.
Then they tried to stimulate the children’s minds by showing them colorful pictures. Then the article talks of procedures and test that was done using the same stimuli for each group of children. Then the article goes into detail about the result that was found from these tests. The article then talks about the stereotypes and atypical development that follows kids with this disorder.
My third source is an article that details the challenges that are faced when you have a child who is diagnosed with Autism. Those challenges can by many or few depended on the type of Autism diagnoses you receive. Some parents are facing with the trails of having a child that may not talk at all, while others are faced with having a child that just may not talk in the beginning. The differences in these children are many. There really is no way to pinpoint all the challenges that a parent may face because not all of these kids are the same.
In fact, many of these kids are very different. For example, much of the research although however valuable has completely ignored the stress that these parents are put under at any given time, while facing the challenges of having a child diagnosed like this. The difficulties can be extreme in some cases while in others they are moderate to not at all.
I myself have two children diagnosed with a form of Autism and I can tell you from experience the research that is available about this diagnosis does not begin to prepare you for the real challenges that you will face. It does not begin to prepare you for a life with a child or much less two that is listed on the spectrum. These challenges are hard yes as they are listed in the article, but there are others that are even harder that are not listed.
Each of these articles identify and research a different aspect of the Autism disorder which is what my paper is about. I will be exploring and showing the differences Good and Bad to the Autism Disorder. There will even be some personal experience added into my paper, because I am an autism parent.
I have dealt with this disorder and it Good and Bad aspects since my son was two-years-old and my youngest daughter was five-years-old. We have faced the outbursts, the anger, the blatant disregard for right and wrong for many years. Although at times I feel as if I want to pull my hair out, I look at my son who is diagnosed High-Functioning Autism and my youngest daughter who is diagnosed Asperger’s Disorder and I know that I have been given two sweet little miracles. Yes, the struggles are real and they are undeniable at times, but there are also times when people can look at my two Autistic children and they would never know that they are different in anyway.
My Autistic son tested into his elementary school band with the highest grade of his school. He has a photographic memory and is a complete math whiz. You would never be able to tell by looking at him that he is destructive, has a mild attitude and total disregard at times for authority. Plus, by looking at him you would never be able to tell that he is a child that did not discover his voice until he was 5 years old, but he is all of those things and oh so many more.
Same goes for my youngest daughter. She is amazing at puzzles and solving things and she loves to cook. You would never be able to tell by looking at her that she is afraid of the dark, that she has periods where she just goes completely quiet on us and won’t say a word for weeks on end. You could never tell by looking at her that she relapses and is super active. You cannot tell these things in either of these children and that is because Autism does not have a look or a way of being identified with a simple glance. That is why I chose to write this essay.
Because, with this essay, I hope that you have learned that like in many other things in life you have learned that there is good and bad in an Autism diagnosis. But simply because that is the way of it does not mean that you need to turn your back on a child who has been diagnosed as such. That does not mean that you cannot love that child with everything in you. It just means that you will need to be patient.
It just means that with a little research and a lot of help you can learn the proper ways in which to help a child on the Spectrum. You can learn many new things about a child with this diagnosis. These children are extremely intelligent. We just need to stop looking down on them and fearing the things that they can do and start helping them. Helping them to reach their full potential.
We need to stand up and love these children. We need to help the world to understand them better. Because believe it or not there are many out there with a diagnosis of Autism and for every one of them there are just as many that do not know or do not understand. That is where we come in, we can help them to learn and to understand.
© 2017 Vic Watts