Dealing with Autism: A Very Helpful GuideJuly 28, 2018
Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder that affects more boys than girls, occurring in about 3-6% of the people. This means one in 500 to one in 150 children will be born with this disorder which is quite alarming. The implications for these statists indicate that virtually every school in the country will have an autistic child. Unfortunately, the majority of these children hasn’t been diagnosed and is perceived in a judgmental light by their parents and teachers, sometimes seemingly odd or noisy and sometimes lazy or unable to focus.
The impact of autism on the family is typically a mixed assortment of consequences. Sometimes, it can be overwhelmingly devastating and sometimes, it can even lead to a sense of self-mastery and a higher level of coping aptitude. It also depends on the family itself and the associated community. The impact also depends on the treatment options and the support available, especially pertaining to social and educational interventions and support channels that can be provided.
Autism is a highly variable disorder with no two individuals alike, and with some seemingly near-normal but having subtle deficits. People with this condition share some common characteristic that exist along what is known as ‘triad of impairment’. This refers to a range of significant deficits across developmental areas, such as verbal and non-verbal communication impairment, thinking and behavior impairment, and social impairment. Diagnosing autism can be difficult because there are no medical investigations known to diagnose this condition. Though the autism symptoms manifest themselves, there are several online tests and quizzes such as an Aspie quiz for children that can be helpful to confirm the diagnosis in both children and adults.
There are various problems that are often associated with autism but it isn’t established yet if they are caused by this disorder.Some of those include sensory integration deficits (trouble assimilating the reception of senses like taste, sight, movement, hearing or sound), tuberous sclerosis (benign tumors in the brain or sometimes, in other organs, happens in about 2-4% of ASD sufferers), and Fragile X syndrome (occurs in about 2-5% of people diagnosed with ASD).Additionally, ADHD, general learning disabilities, Tourette’s syndrome and dyslexiaare some disorders that are oftenconsideredasautism related conditions. When dealing with autistic children, it is imperative to address associated problems if there is any.
Some people believe in conventional wisdom which should not be the case when it comes to autism. Remember, a cutting-edge research is distilled into notes which are utilized to train the next-generation of therapist. Most experts who diagnose autism and make treatment recommendation have real-world experience in the homes of autistic families. As a matter of fact, it is very rare to find a diagnosing professional with a genuine idea of the pros and cons of different treatment options.
In addition, it is also important to keep your eyes open on the tendency to over-treating the autistic child. Even if they are sufferers, they should be considered children first. And it’s not normal for a child to spend lots of hours every week in one-sided therapeutic interactions. They must be provided the competent roles which they can participate in their family life like their siblings do.
Another important factor of dealing with autistic children is to paying attention to how they spend their time. Remember, the brain changes and organizes itself through what it experiences. This means every wakening hour the autistic child is working and rehearsing making neural pathways, digging channels deeper and deeper. Find out their interests and how much time they like to engage themselves in repetitive and tedious activities. You can significantly alter the course of their brain development if you are accustomed with their deficits. Make simple adjustments to their everyday interactions in order to provide them opportunities to involve in social engagement, creativity and mindfulness activities. The brain doesn’t stop self-organizing after the child turns age 5, so you have the opportunity to make a significant difference in your child’s brain development using a few key strategies.