Happy Autistic Pride Day!
Welcome back everyone! Thanks for keeping up with the Personalized Cause awareness blog this week; I know it’s been a pretty active week for posts. The fact that you made the extra effort this week just shows your commitment to yourself and to others in becoming the most well-informed and understanding version of yourself. You never know when it will come in handy. It’s already made a pretty big impact in my life. I’ve had conversations with people I’d just met that I wouldn’t have been able to have without what I’ve learned from these awareness blogs. It’s made it so much easier to connect to people, and I find that they are more open and genuine with me when I already have some understanding of their experience. You wouldn’t think awareness was such a good way to get to know people and break the ice, but it is. It’s really cool, actually. I kind of feel like this is a new skill I’m developing; the skill of awareness. I’m sure many of you may have had similar experiences. I promised you guys a lighter awareness blog post today, and I’m true to my word, so today’s post topic is autistic pride, in honor of Autistic Pride Day!
Autistic Pride Day is a day dedicated to celebrating neurodiversity of people who are on the spectrum of autism. Autistic Pride Day is celebrated on June 18th, every year. The mission of Autistic Pride Day is to encourage acceptance and inclusion of people on the spectrum, while also promoting self-esteem for people on the spectrum. Rather than focusing on how autism makes people different from those without autism, Autistic Pride Day is designed to highlight and celebrate the things about their neurodiversity that makes them unique and special. Autistic Pride Day is not widely celebrated by people outside the community, but the hope is that it will become a popular observance. Currently, Autistic Pride Day is mostly celebrated by those who are part of the autism community, like those on the spectrum and their close friends and family members.
Autism, sometimes referred to as autism spectrum disorder or ASD, is a developmental and neurological disorder that appears in early childhood. Autism is referred to as a spectrum disorder because of the wide range of symptoms, and different ways the disorder presents itself. It affects everyone differently and to varying degrees. It’s kind of like different parts of the brain that are responsible for different things have a hard time working together like they should. Autism can significantly impact how a person interacts with others, their ability to communicate, their mode of communication, and how they learn. Diagnosing autism early and obtaining the therapies that best fit the particular needs of the person with autism can significantly improve how severely it affects them. Parents of children with autism/people with autism need to find the services and support that suits them in order to achieve the best outcome. Most autistic people will experience some amount of difficulty relating to others, but treatment can greatly improve this. Treatment allows people with autism to reach their full potential and lead their best lives.
There are many indications that someone may have autism. Autism usually presents itself before the age of 3. As mentioned above, autism presents with different symptoms with varying degrees of severity. Some behaviors that are typically attributed to autism are:
• Difficulty or delayed speech. Sometimes, it can be more difficult for children with autism to learn language. They may not talk at all, also. Some children who are autistic may be tested for hearing disabilities because deafness may explain some the signs of autism such as difficulty speaking or lack of eye contact.
• Avoiding eye contact. You may notice that a child focuses intently on other things when someone is speaking to them.
• Difficulty making or holding conversation. People with autism may avoid talking to people or experience discomfort when having to speak to others.
• Difficulty with reasoning or planning, which is related to executive functioning.
• Narrow area of interests. Children with autism may be interested in a particular type of media, such as movies or cartoons.
• Intense interests. Children with autism may seem exclusively interested in just a few things. This may be a particular TV show, or game. It may seem like an obsession.
• Sensory sensitivities. Some children with autism become very upset from certain kinds of stimulation. To them, it feels overwhelming and uncomfortable. What may appear to be a tantrum may actually be an autism meltdown.
• Less developed motor skills. This may be referred to as dyspraxia. This can cause difficulty with the planning and execution of motor skills. Some people with autism have difficulty with posture or walking. It may take a person with autism years of practice to master some motor skills.
• Repetitive behaviors. This may include repetitive body movements, such as rocking, or repeating a certain word or phrase.
• Difficulty deviating from a routine. Some people with autism become very upset and overwhelmed by a change in routine. This could be something like a deviation in what’s for breakfast, or what time they engage in a certain activity.
• Intense attachment to objects. Some people with autism experience an unusual attachment to certain things, such as a toy or article of clothing.
• Tendencies to sort and organize things. You may notice children sorting their toys or organizing their toys rather than playing with them.
• Difficulty with understanding other people’s emotions. Some people with autism may exhibit what appears to be apathy. They may not be able to understand another person’s pain or happiness.
Some other issues autism may cause are a below average intelligence, but it is important to note that many people with autism have totally normal intelligence or above average intelligence. Sometimes, teens on the spectrum experience depression and anxiety as a result of their difficulty relating to their peers and communicating with them. Sometimes autism may also be accompanied by a seizure disorder in the later childhood or teenage years.
Behavioral therapy and training is the most common treatment for autism. Specialized behavioral therapy can teach kids how to respond to situations appropriately, or how to interact with others. It can help them communicate with others and learn to relate to others. Behavioral therapy is most effective when it is started as early as possible. Depending on the particular set of symptoms someone with autism has, they may need other kinds of support or treatment such as medications for problems secondary to autism, speech therapy, or physical therapy. What each person needs is different and can change over time. It may take some time to discover the things that help each patient, seeing as they differ from patient to patient. It is important to realize that dealing with autism as a family means that each person must learn how to best accommodate the person with autism. When the entire family works with the autism, rather than against it, it can reduce the amount of stress for everyone. It is also important to work with everyone involved in your child’s education. Working with educators and therapy providers can help to ensure that symptoms are managed appropriately, and it prevents unnecessary meltdowns. If your child has autism, be their advocate. Sometimes they may need more than you know how to do. There are many services available for people with autism, and getting help where it’s needed is what’s best for your child, not a failure in parenting. Caring for a child with autism can be a very demanding and draining job, so it’s very important to remember to care for your self as well. Contact public agencies to see what they may offer for your situation. It’s also a really good idea to become part of the community, perhaps by getting involved in an autism organization, for support and advice. It may benefit the whole family!
Thanks for reading, and happy autistic pride day!
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