Any parent of a child with autism knows how difficult it can be to give your child everything he or she needs. Being able to understand one another and communicate fully can be challenging at first. However, anyone who knows a child who has been diagnosed with autism will also tell you what an amazing gift it is to get to know some of the most carefree and cool kids you will ever meet.
Unfortunately, even though you will be doing a huge amount of research and preparation on your own, you can't help the people in your life who are ignorant about the ins and outs of autism. It can be overwhelming to make the necessary changes in your own life and completely re-center daily tasks around a unique set of needs if your friends and family are unaware of what makes your child different and special. Caring for a child with autism can sometimes also mean teaching the people in that child's life more about who they are and how to interact with them. Major misunderstandings can occur on the part of family and friends, simply because they just haven't taken the time to learn more about autism or they just need a little more hands-on experience.
Kids with autism are often extremely brilliant, but sometimes they have trouble with things that most of us take for granted. They can go into sensory overload or have sudden meltdowns when things change quickly. In short, if you don't know how kids with autism experience the world, you can really run the risk of making them feel uncomfortable or even scared or threatened.
If you have a child with autism or know someone who does, it may be a good idea to spread the word about the different forms of education available about autism. The Autism Society has recently begun offering two different knowledge courses on autism, which are excellent ways for anyone, no matter their level of experience with autism may be, to expand their knowledge. All these courses are offered online, and they are completely free.
Taking a bit of time to learn more about children with autism can not only help the child you are interacting with feel more comfortable and natural, but also help the parents of that child manage social interaction with you more easily.
The first course is called Autism 101, and it covers an introduction to autism spectrum and the different options for treatment in about 30 minutes. The course will explain the symptoms experienced by those with autism and discuss how autistic children grow up and transition into adulthood.
The second free course is called Autism and the Environment 101. The course is designed to take around 45 minutes to complete and covers the “New Model” of autism and the growing rates of autism spectrum disorders today. The course then covers the role of government in preventing the disorder.
Both courses are short, simple and even fun. They would be a great thing to forward to loved ones who could use a little more understanding about a child with autism. Everyone who loves a child with autism would do well to learn more about the disorder and gain a greater understanding of what it feels like to experience life from such a different perspective.
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