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Autism what is it?
Member Name: covlass
Date: 07/01/09, updated on 07/01/09 (62 review reads)
" I can remember the frustration on not being able to talk I knew what I wanted to say but I could not get the words out so I would just scream":- Temple Grandin
What is Autism?
Autism is not a disease, it's not contagious Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. Autism affects every one differently, some people can function daily as well as you or I. For others each day is an on going battle, and where in their mind is a constant battle to make sense of every day things.
There are many ways to describe how Autism effects the brain this is how I explained it to my daughter. Imagine your brain is made up of lots of boxes, each box has a very important job, each has to communicate with each other and the box at the top is the boss and everyone needs to keep in touch with him. They keep in touch using telephones, in our brain the telephone lines are connected so all the box's can keep in touch with each other and the boss. With Autism they have all the boxes but the telephone lines are not connected properly, so you have some boxes that can communicate with each other and the boss and some box's that have multiple telephone lines connected to the boss but none to any other boxes. So some parts of the brain get lots of communication and other none and others get far too much communication and get in a muddle.
I am not an expert in Autism just a parent of an Autistic Child so I can only speak about what my child's Autism has taught me.
Some Autistic people can have sensory over loads which can result in flapping or rocking as they become anxious which, society finds difficult in accepting. However most people do similar things i.e. how many times have you been slightly stressed or agitated and tapped the glass you are drinking from. Or had a pen you your hand and constantly click it , or may be tapped a pencil on the table or twiddled you thumbs?? These actions go unnoticed and are classed as socially acceptable.
Here I will try and describe it in my daughter's world. We are sitting in a coffee shop, there are many noises going on, the door opening & closing, the till machine. Other people moving? Talking, the noise of the coffee machine, cars outside music playing in the background. I have the ability to ignore the noses I don't need and concentrate on the conversation I am having. My daughter does not have that ability, she hears all the noses and there for has a sensory over load which in turn cause s her to become anxious and she will start rocking backwards and forwards with her fingers in her ears and she starts humming, this is not socially acceptable to most people.
If she become too anxious the rocking can be replaced by screaming and throwing her self on the floor.
Some people affected by Autism can have real difficulties understanding numbers and speech but may be great at art. Other may not be able to carry out daily life skills but be great at maths,
Persistent fixation on parts of objects is common with autism, my daughter becomes obsessed with various things which can last for a few day. At present it is Mary Poppins the scene in the bank all we hear is "STOP ALL PAYMENTS GIVE ME BACK MY MONEY" and she rewinds the DVD over and over, or as in her fixation on flushing the toilet can last for years
Boys are 4 times more likely to be affected than girls
People with Autism find it hard to make friends but because of their disability find it hard to do so
Autism has nothing
to do with the way parents bring up their children
With the correct education & support people with autism can be helped to reach their full potential
It is estimated that 1 in 100 children are affected by Autism
I hope I have given you an small insight to Autism
Summary: The more people that know about it the more they will accept Autism