Autism is a prevalent condition that many adults and children deal with. One in 44 children gets diagnosed with autism each year.
If you’re the parent of a child who has autism, you might be well-versed in the symptoms of the condition. Other people in your kid’s life, like teachers, friends, and relatives, might not be as familiar. As a result, they may make assumptions based on the little information they do have.
This blog will talk about what people should know about autism. You can share this article with others so they can become better informed and clear up misunderstandings.
Autism Is a Wide Spectrum
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) includes a wide range of abilities and symptoms. Kids with autism can be low or high-functioning. They can also fall somewhere in between. They could also be nonverbal or verbal.
Autistic children generally struggle with interacting with other people. This can include:
Difficulty relating or understanding their peers
Lack of interest in others
Struggling to hold a conversation
Avoiding eye contact
Struggle to predict or understand other people’s actions
Unable to express emotion around other people
How autism presents itself in one person isn’t the same as in another. The terms used when talking about autism have also changed over the years.
For example, Asperger’s syndrome used to mean someone who had high-functioning autism. Autism indicated a more severe disorder. Now, Asperger’s doesn’t exist. All children on the spectrum get an autism diagnosis.
There Isn’t a Cure
Some people think that autism is a condition that can get “trained” out of a child. There isn’t a cure for autism and there doesn’t need to be.
However, early intervention might reduce autism symptoms. Parents and caregivers looking for treatments can find guidance in autism magazines. These methods can reduce the following types of symptoms:
How effective a treatment is depends on the kid. Autistic children learn coping skills over time that help them manage their challenges. They also learn how to build on their strengths.
Treatments for children with autism might include one or more of the following treatments:
Social skills training
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Behavioral management therapy
There Isn’t a Cause of Autism
There’s no direct cause of autism in children. Some risk factors might contribute to a child developing the condition. These factors include
Some research shows that autistic children’s brains look a little different than those who don’t have autism. The research indicates that their brains grow faster in the early years of their lives. With that being said, there still isn’t a reason why their brain growth is accelerated. The growth rate does affect their brain’s behavior.
Some people have said that vaccines cause autism in children. Studies have debunked this widespread myth. No vaccines put a child at risk for developing autism.
Autistic Children Have Emotions and Feelings
Those with autism can express love and other feelings. Some do it in different ways than what is considered “normal.” Many autistic children can have meaningful relationships and romantic ones when they get older.
A child with autism might need help honing their empathy skills. They could have difficulties interpreting what another person is feeling based on their body language. For example, a turned-back might not mean “anger” or “sadness” to a child with autism. If the person communicates their feelings to the child, then they can better understand.
They Need More Time to Process What You Say
It’s important to use short sentences and simple language with an autistic child. You shouldn’t give them instructions that include more than two steps. You should also wait a few seconds after asking a question or making a statement.
Don’t rephrase the question or statement if you need to repeat it. That might confuse the child. Be patient with yourself and the child. Following these steps will help you better communicate with a child with autism.
You Need to Support the Caregivers of an Autistic Child
It’s hard for people to ask others for help and support. This is especially true for parents and caregivers of autistic children. They might be hesitant to reach out because of the misconceptions people have about the diagnosis.
Even working with a child with high-functioning autism can be challenging. Daily life can be overwhelming for the family of a child with more severe autism. It’s important to not be judgemental of the parents. Offer support and resources to them when you can.
Some ways people can support caregivers and parents include:
If you’re not sure how to help, ask the person in what way you can best support them.
There’s No School for Autism
You might hear about a special school that’s designed for those with autism. You could also read about autistic children thriving in a specific type of classroom setting. That setting could be perfect for a certain child. However, each child has unique needs.
The people closest to the child will make the best decision for them regarding their education. These people include:
If you know someone with an autistic child, don’t make recommendations about what type of school you think they should be enrolled in. The school they’re currently in might be the best choice for their diagnosis and symptoms.
Learn More About How Autism Affects Children
So many children get diagnosed with autism each year. Someone you know and love will likely receive a diagnosis. Educating yourself and learning what you can about the condition will help you better interact with them. You can understand how their brain processes things, learning ways to help them reduce their symptoms.
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