Busting the Autism Stereotypes
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Recently my hubby and I had to advocate for our autistic middle school aged son because his assigned speech therapist did not understand why changing his routine for speech was such a big deal and mentioned that ‘Even middle school students with disabilities can follow directions independently’. Unfortunately, what some teachers and/or therapists that come in contact with your autistic son or daughter may not ‘get’ are that when you meet an autistic child you have only met that one example of what autism may look like in that child. Every autistic child is not created equal and should not be compared to the average middle school student or otherwise. This is why it is imperative to set the record straight and continue to advocate and educate people.
autism is such a complex medical condition, that everyone reacts differently to it. Autistic people are usually rated on a functional scale, with high-functioning people being able to hold jobs and low-functioning people needing 24-hour-a-day care. Some show all symptoms, while other show few, and still others may have most under control to the point where you cannot tell they have autism at all.
Because every person is different, no one thing can be said about autism and be true overall. However, most autistic people have trouble communicating emotions. This does not mean that an autistic person does not feel, but simply cannot express this feeling. It also does not mean strong relationship bonds are not possible. On the contrary, many autistic people are happily married and in love. Forming relationships is more difficult for most, but can be accomplished over time.
In the end, the most important lesson to take away from your studies on autism is one of tolerance. You will probably need to be patient when dealing with autistic people, but by understanding a little more about the disorder, perhaps this will be easier. Learn what you can and spread the knowledge to those you know to help create a more tolerant setting for autistic individuals in your community.
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Mandu Usoro is a lifestyle blogger, freelance writer, experienced homeschooler and US Army Veteran with a BS Degree in Social Work and AA Degrees in Psychology as well as Health Care Administration. She enjoys spending time with her family, advocating for her special needs son and writing for fun and inspiration. You can get in touch with her on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and at https://www.homeschoolspecneedstidbits.com/contact-us