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The Truth About Autism

Updated on April 3, 2014

What is Autism?

Autism is a neural disorder, which is usually characterized by an impairment in verbal and non-verbal communication and social interactions. Autism usually becomes apparent in children before the age of four years. Autism affects information that is processed by the brain, by altering how nerves connect and organize. Unfortunately, not much is truly understood as to how this happens, and many many parents are constantly seeking answers. Approximately one in seventy children are born with some form of Autism, but each case is different.

Autism Is Many Things..

If you are a parent who has a child that has been diagnosed with Autism, you need to understand that Autism is many things, but most of all, Autism it is not your fault.

Autism is misunderstood, and it can be scary, but at the same time it is a funny, remarkable and beautiful journey. Autism is one of the many things that makes your child unique in so many different ways. As it is hard, it is a great lesson helping parents discover how strong they are as individual people, and as a couple, and does not make the child less of a person in society. Autism is a disorder that does in fact affect the ability to participate socially and communicate, however it is not a mental retardation, and people need to understand this. Autism is an infectious laugh and feeling, a journey full of fun times and emotions. People tend to fear what they do not understand, and Autism is not dull or friendless, it is the complete opposite.

Autism can be complicated, especially because it is still unknown how it comes to be and why some children are born with Autism and others aren't, and it is something that parents should NOT apologize for, as it is not their fault. Autism can be a heartbreaking journey, it can be frustrating at times, but the journey is mainly full of exciting and joyous journeys at the same time. It can be a guessing game, but once you have entered the world of Autism you see the world and appreciate things on a different level. Autism isn't wrong, and no one should feel ashamed, it doesn't mean you are a bad parent. In fact, it strengthens parental partnership and you see that it is both the parents and the children doing the absolute best they can in a world that is constantly becoming more and more chaotic.

Autism is a part of these special children, and a part of their families. It is not something that will tear a family apart, instead it brings families even closer together and provides a bond that will never break.

Autism is showing what a brilliant the mind is. How all minds think and react differently, and society as a whole needs to open their eyes, and really see what there is to understand about Autism, and not be afraid of it. It is never a cookie cutter type diagnosis, all Autism cases are different from the other. It is seeing things in life on a completely different spectrum, and it does not by any means, mean that it is a social death sentence or complete shutdown of social life. Autism is a journey, it opens your heart to a different world than you already know, to a place that no one could ever have imagined, a wild and crazy world that is constantly changing, constantly entertaining, a colorful, loud, complicated, intriguing, miraculous and thoughtful world. It is a world that isn't always easy, but is full of patients and is not always kind.

Autism can be hard, it can be isolating, and adventurous, but it is not and it will never will be, the end of the world, it is the beginning of a brand new world, a world that unfortunately locks children into their own minds, which can be confusing, maddening and heartbreaking at times, however, Autism is what defines children who have been blessed and is not something to be whispered or talked about behind peoples backs. Autistic people are just that, they are people, they are no less of a person than anyone else on this planet and should be treated with the same level of respect and love that everyone else receives. It is not something that is contagious of communicable, it is not curable and therefore it is not a disease.

Autism is a different path of human interaction across the board, in such a way that the world is experienced in a much more pure and appreciative fashion. It is not tragic, or violent, and doesn't mean that the world is ending. Autism is happiness, joy, compassion rolled into one and should not be hated or bullied, or treated differently. Autism is understanding different sounds and smells, or social situations which can lead to be upsetting. It will never be a disease which you can catch, nor is it a life sentence for a child or their families. Autism should be looked at like a puzzle, a colorful puzzle which has no black or white. It is a different experience for each individual with Autism, and their families, it is a challenge, but it is not an excuse, nor is it simple or easy for anyone. It can be bittersweet, you may worried about the unknown in what your child's life will be like, but it is not going away and should be embraced. It is the most mysterious and misunderstood of human conditions, and should be taken seriously, there are many families with Autistic children that struggle on a daily basis, with little or no support, or even guidance on what to do or how to do it.

Autism is a different way of dealing and relating to the world that surrounds everyone, with a different set of experiences. It is not something that people wish upon their families or their children, but it is not an evil, or a monster. People just need to learn a different perspective for their lives to understand it. It is a while different way of living in today's world, where nothing is normal. Autism does not mean that love is unavailable, or unknowing, feelings are just shown differently. It can be frustrating, but it is fun and loving at the same time, it is not the end and it is not going to determine the future for families or loved ones affected. Autism is a reevaluation of what it means to be a parent, what it means to love and support, to educate and accept your child or loved on, it is not an absolute limitation nor does it dictate happiness or love. It means loving someone for exactly who they are instead of who you expected or thought they would be. It is an opportunity for those who live with these extraordinary people to view the world through a totally different looking glass, and understand that it is not a curse, or a punishment, it is a naturally occuring part of the human condition, and it can have positive and somewhat challenging days, it is not possible to remove Autism from people, and so it shouldn't be looked at in a bad light, it is not to be feared, it is meant to be accepted.


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      Ty 3 years ago from Las Vegas

      I think that is amazing and beautiful, I know it can be hard for you at times but I definitely respect you as a mother who has a child with Autism. Autism is most definitely not an unforgivable plague, and todays society are scared of unknown and are just uneducated on the concept and the struggles that can be faced. However, It is a beautiful and wonderful journey, I am sorry that you do not get the support that you not only need, but deserve, especially in the state of our current economy. It is saddening to think that people who don't need support, and live comfortably off of the government receive more than people who struggle and actually need the help and support, leaving you with no where else to really turn. My hat is off to you and your family.

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      Ty 3 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hi again Ms Dora, Thanks for the comment, always nice to hear from you! Autistic children are amazing and beautiful, I wish people would understand more without just passing judgement and not knowing how they actually are. Never judge a book by its cover!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I am a mother of a child with Autism. My son is the most brilliant person I've ever met. Yet every day society shuns us like we have an unforgivable plague. Lack of resources makes it very difficult for our family where we live in Connecticut. We pay a higher tax than most people across this country, and we get very little for it. One state over in neighboring RI has so much more to offer if we lived there. Many states across the United States offer tremendous support. Where we live ignorance is a growing factor which prevents children from Autism in getting all of the services they need.

      I feel like moving at times. And then I think what would happen to all the children here that would be left behind without someone fighting for them? I continue my fight to change the minds of those who stand in the way of the rights of our precious children that through no fault of their own are different in a world that doesn't appreciate uniqueness.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Parents with autistic children will appreciate their children eve more after reading your article. Never read anything so positive on this topic. Thank you. Voted up and shared.