ACCEPTANCE, UNDERSTANDING, RESPECT: COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE WITH AUTISM

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Andrea NicolePublished on:13 August 2016 

Autism is not a tragedy – help individuals with autism spectrum disorder

road-sign-with-the-word-autism-written-in-white-on-a-green-background-set-against-the-sky-http-www-picserver-org-a-autism-html_825863Everyone is born differently whether it is our skin color, hair color, certain facial features or behavior patterns. Most of us have encountered an adult or child whose behavior seemed strange or abnormal in public. A lot of people often just choose to ignore them but what if that person or individual is someone who is mentally disabled or is on the #Autism spectrum? What if your job, friend or family member required you to connect with people who are displaying bizarre or puzzling behavior?

Given the increasing percentage rate of ASD, it is likely that majority of us will commonly encounter children or adults who have autism spectrum disorder. When we encounter adults and children with ASD from counselors, medical doctors, psychiatrists and parents at school or public place–maybe we can disseminate complex situations or provide successful chance meetings with people on the ASD if we understand what autism is and the basics about autism spectrum disorder. Did you that 1 out of 42 boys and 1 out of 189 girls are diagnosed with autistic disorder in the United States according to autismspeaks.org

What is autism? What is autism spectrum disorder?

ASD and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development, according to autismspeaks.org. Pervasive developmental disorder and ASD are characterized in varying degrees, by problems in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction and constant behaviors. ASD is an intellectual disability that has difficulties in attention, motor coordination and physical #Health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances, according to autismspeaks.org.

Mentally disabled is an auditory disorder that affects the development of the brain, the characteristics include social skills deficits, communication impairments, and constant behaviors, according to prnewswire.com. Autism appears to show early signs in brain development that start to emerge between children between the ages of two and three years of age.

What does it mean to be on the autism spectrum?

Every child or adult with autism is unique. Many individuals on the autism spectrum have extraordinary abilities in academic skills, visual and music skills. Did you know about 40% of people who have autism who are average to above average have scholarly abilities, according to prnewswire.com?  Although, many individuals on the autism spectrum take equitable self-confidence in their unique abilities and exceptional ways of observing the world, about one-third of people with ASD are nonverbal but they can learn to communicate using other methods. #Autismspectrumdisorder

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