Changing Perceptions of Autism

In a world filled with change and diversity I feel it’s time to change the views and perceptions of Autism… I believe it is something that can be achieved if we come together as one which will be amazing for everyone living with autism globally…

The views of Autism vary due to seeing it through different eyes, based on our own experiences, emotions, childhood, education and values.  As we know there is no one child with Autism that is the same, I don’t feel there is two people with the  same views either, due to our family dynamics all being so very different…

What I do know is that we are all unique as our fingerprint and are travelling on an unknown journey that has twists and turns, highs and lows and some things that may be common along the road…

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No matter how we are seen, we are all unique as our finger print…

Why should having a unique ability be any different,

when no one person is the same…

We are all individuals entitled to opportunities…

 

To better understand this what I would love to do is share one of my Five Tips that changed my perception of Autism and more importantly why, so that as you go through your journey, you can store this information in the back of your mind as I have done for many years.

Behaviour is Communication

 As hard as this may be to grasp, I feel this applies to all ASD children whether they are verbal or non-verbal. When children are consumed by overwhelming situations they   often use behaviours to show their frustration or to    demonstrate their lack of coping with the current situation.  This may be through vocal noises or sounds and in some cases physical expression depending on each child and their situation.

To explain this better next time you have a conversation before you reply imagine how you are going to get those thoughts out of your head so the other person knows what you mean without using words… This is how it is every day for many of these children and why it changed my  perception as we can only imagine the frustration these kids are dealing with daily.

When I learnt to understand that the behaviours our son presented with was his way of communicating how he was feeling I knew I had to be more aware of situations, so I could understand why he was using these behaviours or what may be the trigger in some cases…

For example when he hums a lot or paces the floor this is a sign he is unsettled or not coping. He also has a ‘thing’ for grass… Originally I put this down to not coping but discovered in time that it was due to teething and not coping with the discomfort caused..  There is many more like this which vary with everyone of our children and their individual needs but know when you tune in you will discover them…

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