What is autism? Autism is a brain disorder that limits one’s ability to communicate and relate to other people. People with autism may be more sensitive to everyday sensory information. The disorder varies from mild to severe that a person may be almost unable to communicate and may need round the clock care.
Today, the cases of children suffering from autism are coming to attention quickly because of awareness about it in the society and availability of its medical treatments with advancement in the medical science.
I don’t know what it feels like to be a parent of a child who has autism. I can’t even pretend to try and explain the thoughts and emotions that parents of children with autism go through on a daily basis. I can’t speak as an expert on autism. I have had experiences of working with children with autism. The thoughts I can share are from me and my experiences.
When you research about autism on google you will find some countless opinions, facts, stories, and statements. If you go and talk to twenty doctors, you will receive that many thoughts of autism. THE BEST EXPERT ON THE AUTISTIC CHILD IS THE CHILD.
Working with autistic children they may not be able to tell you the things you want to know. However, if you observe and study long enough and reflect often, you will be able to see the signs that the child is giving you. Every child is different, every child has likes and dislikes, every child has strengths and weaknesses. In order to learn how to teach the child, firstly we have to start to build a relationship with the child (This goes for any child).
Children with autism have ups and downs, they have good days and bad days. How can you not love a child who has autism? Have you ever thought about what would happen if you have a child with autism? How would you want your family and the world be supportive of your child with autism? Have you ever wondered what the parents of autistic children go through? How many sleepless nights they go without? How can you not love a child with autism?
I have worked with children who have autism. One thing is for sure children with autism make you view life differently and I love them for that. Every day is different.
Here is a little list why to love someone with autism:
- It could be a family member
- They have the same feelings and emotions as you
- They are intelligent and know as much or more as we know
Working with children who have autism I learn something new every day and my days are always full. What you learn about them can change your way of thinking. I still have lots to learn. I came home after my first day at work and told my mother that today I experienced working with a child with autism for the first time in my life and she said ‘When you accept and love the child for who they are, it will bring great joy to your heart helping them learn and seeing them grow’.