What is Autism? Your guide to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

By: Zoe Schwartz

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a very difficult subject with a lot of things to understand. Autism Spectrum Disorder, also known as just Autism, is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. Autism Spectrum Disorder impacts the nervous system. The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely.

About 1% of the kids in the world are born with Autism. That may look small but really that's about 74,000,000 people and about 1 in every 68 kids are born with autism each year.

Sadly, autism is not curable but there are many treatments for your child. As said by Autism Speaks, each child or adult with autism is unique. So each autism intervention plan should be tailored to address specific needs.

As a younger toddler with Autism from pre school age, the child receives structured, therapeutic activities for at least 25 hours per week.

Some other things they use for older kids with Autism are medications like Antipsychotic. Antipsychotic medication reduces or improves the symptoms of certain psychiatric conditions.

Another treatment is Specialists. These includes, a Speech Therapist who specializes in voice rehabilitation, and an Occupational Therapist who Improves daily living and work skills of patients. More specialist include a Clinical Psychologist who treats mental disorders primarily with talk therapy and other normal doctors.

Heather Stone, a mother of a child with Autism talks about the struggles and differences of being a mother of a autistic boy. “ I have all the same worries as a regular parent, but more. It's hard to know that he will never be able to be independent. He will always have to have someone living with him, and taking care of him”. Most autistic kids will never get to live a free life. They will always be stuck with this disorder.

Autistic kids fall on a scale. At the top there is high functioning and at the bottom there is low functioning.

Autistic kids are just like us, just with some delays including things like language, learning things like numbers and how to write their own names. Along with things like life skills, motivation, understanding emotions and some global delays. These include walking, running, jumping, climbing ext.

Overall Autistic kids can be some of the happiest kids you will know. They love people, animals, music, arts and more. The photos above are taken by mother, Heather Stone, and taken of 6 year old son, Asher Stone. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a big cause with a lot of people supporting it. For more information go to sites like http://www.autism-society.org/ and https://www.autismspeaks.org/ or watch the video below made by the Amazing Autism Project. Another thing you can do is watch the movie Tommy.

Tommy shows what is like to be different from the world. Just like autistic kids, they see the world from a different point of view which is amazing.

Thank you for reading and I hope you learned more about this disorder.

Sighted sources

Amazing Things Happen. Amazing things happen Organisation, 2017.

Autism Society. www.autism-society.org/.

Autism Speaks. www.autismspeaks.org/.

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