April is Autism Awareness Month. We are helping spread autism awareness for parents and how to identify symptoms of autistic spectrum disorder in your kids. Also take a look at some autism facts and myths to help you understand this condition better.
5 Facts about Autism
- Autism spectrum disorder includes a range of various difficulties that people in the autism spectrum are faced with. People with ASD can face many challenges in social communication and interaction, as well as restricted behaviors and interests. ASD is a complete set of neurological disorders that impairs their social and communicative skills.
- Autism is genetic. It was earlier believed that autism is the outcome of improper parenting. It has now been uncovered that autism is in fact genetic and has no psychological factors to blame. It’s pretty likely that if one of your kids is autistic, then their siblings may face some kind of autistic disorder.
- Autism is more common in boys than in girls. ASD diagnoses have greatly increased in the recent years. Treatment of autism at a younger age is very important for stable and successful functioning of your child as they grow and for them to lead normal lives.
- Individuals diagnosed with ASD do have feelings. They may not know how to react to emotions or feelings appropriately but that does not mean that they have no feelings or cannot sense others’ feelings. They may not be able to understand emotions through expressions or body language.
- There is no permanent cure for autism. There are, however, many different kind of continuous treatments available to help autistic children come closer to leading a normal life.
Myths about Autism
- People with autism cannot display any emotion or understand the emotions of others. Autistic people don’t want friends.
Autistic people just have different ways of communicating emotions as compared to others. Autism makes it difficult for them to interact and communicate with others. This does not mean that they do not want any friends.
- People with autism are intellectually challenged.
People who suffer from ASD are not disabled neither are they intellectually challenged. In fact, most autistic children have high IQs and problem-solving skills.
How to Help a Child with Autism
Here are some tips on helping an autistic child.
Provide structure: Be consistent with your child as autistic children often find it hard to apply what they have learned in one sitting immediately. Set down a well-structured schedule for your child as autistic children tend to perform best when they have set structure or routine. Most autistic kids crave consistency and structure and do not react well when that is broken.
Connect with them: Find non-verbal ways to connect with your child. Autistic children generally have certain sensory sensitivities like being hypersensitive to light or sound. Take time to understand your child’s hypersensitivities. Don’t make everything about learning for your child, make time for fun and help them feel and experience it.
Get help: There are many different autism treatment plans available. There are support groups, schools and counselling sessions which can be attended as a family. Explore these options with your child.
Take a look at this video about autism awareness.