Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.
Now here, by providing the above information, I created a little bit of awareness regarding Autism. But with awareness, we also need to bring up acceptance!
Awareness is easy, Acceptance requires actual work!
Few tips to start with acceptance:
- Understand the difference between “being autistic” and “having autism”. The child with Autism is so much more than just “Autistic”. Understand him and accept him with all his challenges.
- Kids on spectrum are very much part of the society as any other neurotypical child. Integrate them! Teach your child to be friends with special child because a child on spectrum would find it very difficult to initiate and interact. When you teach your child this, you are also building your child to be a sensitive and caring individual.
- Kids on spectrum find it difficult to express. They express in their own ways which we don’t understand unless we look very closely. But this doesn’t mean that they don’t understand or have emotions / feelings. Don’t speak in front of the child as if he doesn’t exist.
- Ask the parents how can you help? Your smallest gesture can make a big difference in their life.
- Treat this child as a child! He/ she deserves their basic right to be a child.
I am a mom of a 6 year of boy who is diagnosed with Autism. Your child must be weak in English, science or may be math.. My child is a little weak in his communication. That’s the only difference. As a Special Mom I want to say please look at my child as a child first.
Your child may scream with excitement, mine would run around. The way of expression is different but my child too likes to express and I am proud of it.
–A Mom on WAAD.