Hey guys! I know I haven’t blogged for a while… Been really busy with this and that goin on… Life!
Anywayz im bak now 😉
So yesterday I was watching this really interesting documentary on Dubai One… On Autism… The documentary provided information on Autism in children, regarding the following;
1) What is Autism?
2) The symptoms of Autism
4) Social Development
Important info, after the jump!
Watching this documentary really hit home for me…
I really think we need more Autism awareness!! Many people don’t understand what autism is or why a child behaves in such a way that makes him/her seem awkward…
The question is what is Autism?? – Via http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/autism/
Autism is known as a complex developmental disability.
Experts believe that Autism presents itself during the first three years of a person’s life. The condition is the result of a neurological disorder that has an effect on normal brain function, affecting development of the person’s communication and social interaction skills. (I’m underlying keys words for a reason)…
People with autism have issues with non-verbal communication, a wide range of social interactions, and activities that include an element of play and/or banter.
Referring bak to the documentary; it focused on three specific children between the ages of 3-12… The parents of each child told their story of how they discovered their child had autism, as well as the effects it has had on their family and relationships…
I swear it was so sad and I couldn’t help but tear up each time the parents spoke bout how heart breaking it was as well as how they felt guilty… However, wat made me smile was the fact that these kids r HIGHLY intelligent! One child knew EVERYTHING there was to know about dinosaurs; another spoke in such an eloquent way as if he was 25 years old; another had a cute charm about him n knew how to get all da girls in his class to like him (lool so cute); and the girl had an amazing singing voice!!
Next question, wat are the symptoms of Autism??- Via http://ezinearticles.com/?Symptoms-Of-Mild-Autism&id=872148
No. 1: A child suffering with symptoms normally finds it difficult to initiate conversation or making friendships with other children. Even in the cases where the child initiates a discussion, he/she is unable to sustain it for long.
No. 2: The child may get so preoccupied in playing with a certain toy that he/she may completely ignore the presence of other people around him/her. On certain occasions, the child showing symptoms
may also continue to stare at a particular toy for a long stretch of time period.
No. 3: Some children who show very odd characteristics of communication like talking too much or talking about totally unrelated things are said to be showing symptoms of mild autism.
No. 4: In some cases, the individual displays immense interest right up to the minute details of non-trivial things or topics. For example, the individual may be able to name and count each and every part that goes into the making of a vacuum cleaner.
No. 5: Children ailing from mild autism may find it extremely difficult in maintaining eye-to-eye contact with others for long.
No. 6: If your child shows very strange characteristics like severe mood swings at an early age or lack of consideration for others, he/she may be suffering from mild form of autism
No. 7: Another common characteristic of children exhibiting symptoms is that they very often keep repeating lines from a certain book, movie or previous conversation.
No. 8: The kid may also display serious problems in figuring out other individuals body language and show very poor motor skills.
I knw you guys might be bored by this point… but seriously this is worth the read!! Plz continue…
Social Development- Via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism
People with autism have social impairments and often lack the intuition about others that many people take for granted.
Unusual social development becomes apparent early in childhood. Autistic infants show less attention to social stimuli, smile and look at others less often, and respond less to their own name. Autistic toddlers differ more strikingly from social norms; for example, they have less eye contact and turn taking, and are more likely to communicate by manipulating another person’s hand.
Children with high-functioning autism suffer from more intense and frequent loneliness compared to non-autistic peers, despite the common belief that children with autism prefer to be alone. Making and maintaining friendships often proves to be difficult for those with autism. For them, the quality of friendships, not the number of friends, predicts how lonely they feel. Functional friendships, such as those resulting in invitations to parties, may affect the quality of life more deeply.
This is for all the parents with or without a child that has autism! U need to teach ur kids not to make fun of others! ITS VERY DAMAGING!! Jus put urself in the shoes of a parent who has an Autistic child… wat would u do if they were being bullied???? Think bout it!!!
It is normally observed that children with symptoms of mild autism are regularly teased and pulled up by their friends and relatives. Parents should take care that kids with such type of special condition are dealt with utmost care. If neglected, all such teasing and ignorance can lead to child becoming seriously autistic.
So if any of you readers noticed these traits in either your children and/or your friends or families children let them know and seek medical advice… There is also a Kuwait Center for Autism.. Their aim is to make a difference! Please check out their website- http://www.q8autism.com/en/courses.shtml