What defines autism? How is it diagnosed? Who is affected? How is it treated? What can be done to help those on the autism spectrum lead fulfilling lives? There’s a lot to understand about this complex disorder.
RAISING A CHILD WITH AUTISM
While I have written several pieces on the topic of autism in the past, this is the first time that I have ever considered it as a parent. What I have discovered is that there is much that people don’t know about raising a child on the autism spectrum. We hope that with this article, we can begin to explain some of the things that parents of children with autism face and how we can better support one another.
By relating my own experience, I hope to assist other mothers on this path and let them know that they are not alone.
Motherhood has provided me with both peaks and valleys, ranging from watching my son accomplish his goals to feeling isolated and abandoned. I also want to express my objectives for the future as I observe my son grow and learn.
I will share with you my experiences of motherhood, from the highs of watching my son achieve his milestones to the lows of feeling isolated and alone. I will also share my hopes for the future, as I watch my son grow and learn. I hope that by sharing my story, I can help other mothers who are on this journey, and show them that they are not alone.
A study done in Australia found that 42% of teens and adults on the Autism Spectrum do not feel comfortable leaving their own home because they often feel others treat them negatively.
WHAT IS AUTISM?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. It’s a complex condition, and no two people with ASD are exactly alike. If you have a child with ASD, you may be wondering what to expect.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of conditions that affect how people see the world and how they behave in it. They also affect how people learn and interact with others. ASD is a neurological disorder that affects about 1 in 68 children. As many as 40 percent of children with ASD also have other conditions, such as intellectual disability or gastrointestinal issues. Individuals with autism may have difficulties understanding or expressing emotions in conventional ways. They may avoid eye contact or make repetitive hand motions. It may be difficult for them to grasp language as an abstract concept. These challenges result in unique challenges in every life area.
Children with autism may experience difficulties with social interaction, communication, and interests, and may lack flexible thinking skills.
While we may often consider autism as a disorder that affects only the brain, autism actually affects many different parts of the body and the mind. It is important to remember that autism is a spectrum disorder and that each person with ASD has a different level of functioning, ranging from “high functioning” to “low functioning.” For example, someone who is on the high-functioning spectrum may be able to function in many aspects of life, while someone on the low-functioning spectrum may not. Additionally, the severity of an individual’s condition can vary greatly.
Some people with autism have very mild symptoms while others have more severe symptoms. It is important to recognize that autism is not something that can always be fixed. While there are many people who live independently and have a good quality of life, there are also many others who are unable to do so. If you are dealing with a child who has autism, it is important to have open and ongoing communication with both the child and his/her family members.
What To expect from this article
In this article, we’ll give you an overview of what it’s like to raise a child on the autism spectrum. We’ll explore the good and the bad, and we’ll provide some tips on how to manage the challenges.
My son was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 years old. It was a difficult time for me, but also an important one. I wanted to learn as much as I could about autism, and how I could assist my son. My family and the professional team I worked with were crucial to my success in this situation.
Because of this, I’m writing this journal to provide resources for those who don’t have them. It’s difficult to believe how much digging and searching I’ve done over the last five years to put the pieces of the puzzle together, yet no one is talking about them! There are help and resources out there, but no one is talking about them!
THE EARLY DAYS
My son’s early years were, in many ways, typical. He slept, ate, played, and grew, and several specialists came to the house to continue his therapy. He initially had several doctor and psychologist appointments for testing, assessments, and assessments at home, as well as assessments at a clinic. After we had developed a strategy, he began home therapy with a occupational therapist, a speech therapist, and a coordinator. This course of action lasted for about a year, and there were some improvements. We as parents must help our children adapt to this world in the best way possible. With Important skills, like having good hygiene, and how to play independently. Every child operates at their own speed and style, so we mustn’t expect miracles.
When he turned 4, he started attending ABA (APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS), and this is where my journey into motherhood with an autistic son really began. It was here that I witnessed first-hand just how different my son was to other children his age.
For example, self-stimulation (spinning, hand flapping, etc.) is very common in children with autism.(Source: https://www.tpathways.org/faqs/how-to-discipline-a-child-on-the-autism-spectrum/)
He did not look them in the eye, he did not respond when they said his name, he did not engage with them, and he did not share. He did not even have a favourite toy, which is very unusual for an autistic child! I also noticed that he had no rhythm, which is a very common trait in autistic children he was so clumsy. He would just fall all over himself if he wasn’t careful. I was told that this was because his brain was wired differently from the other children.
You may feel that your child is completely unique. You may feel that your child is unlike anyone else on the planet. You might feel as if no one could understand your child the way that you do. You might also feel that your child is unlike anyone else in your family and unlike any other person you know. If so, you’re not alone. Many parents of children with ASD feel this way. You might be frustrated by the fact that no one acknowledges your child’s uniqueness. People may insist that your child is “just like everyone else.” They may treat your child as if she is no different from anyone else. When people do this, it can be frustrating. You may want to explain that your child is special and deserves to be treated as such.
THE LOWS OF MOTHERHOOD
The lows of motherhood are many, but one of the most significant moments for me was isolating myself from others. I felt very alone, and I did not want to burden other people with my experience. I did not feel comfortable talking about it with those around me. I felt like I had to be strong, and that showing weakness was a sign of weakness. As a result, I found myself withdrawing from others, and I felt very alone.
There are definitely some challenging aspects associated with raising a child with ASD. First, your child will likely face some significant challenges as she grows. You may worry about how your child will be able to manage her emotions and relate to others as she gets older. You may worry about how your child will find a place in the world and find a career that she enjoys. You may even worry about your child’s long-term mental health. You may feel that your child is different from other people. You may feel that your child is unlike anyone else, and that can be a burden. Other people may not understand your child. They may not appreciate her uniqueness. They may not see the special gifts that your child has to offer the world.
Raising a child on the autism spectrum can be frustrating. You might feel frustrated by the challenges that your child has to face. You might feel frustrated by the fact that your child can’t do what other children can do. You might feel frustrated by the fact that other people don’t understand your child and her needs. You may want to do everything in your power to help your child. It may be frustrating to know that there are some things you simply can’t do anything about. You can’t cure your child’s autism. You can’t change who she is. All you can do is help your child to function as well as possible.
Our child’s treatment should be tailored according to their individual needs.(Source: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/autism-learning-disabilities/helping-your-child-with-autism-thrive.htm)
Raising a child with ASD can be lonely. You’re likely to feel isolated from the rest of society. In many cases, even other parents of children with ASD feel isolated. You may feel as if the challenges of raising a child with ASD have separated you from the rest of the world. You may feel that people don’t understand you and your child. You may feel that your child is so different from other children that she has no friends and no one to talk to. You may feel like you have no one to turn to and no one who understands what you’re going through.
TIPS FOR MANAGING THE CHALLENGES OF AUTISM
Autism takes up a lot of time, but self-care is also important. It is crucial to recognize that taking care of yourself is as important as time. It is crucial to keep self-care in mind when caring for a child on the autism spectrum. You will be able to perform better as a parent if you spend time on yourself.
Talk to other parents. If you’re raising a child with ASD, you’re not alone.
There are thousands of parents just like you. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find some in your area. You can look for local support groups and online forums for parents of children with ASD. – Seek support from your family and friends.
Other people can offer you support, but they can’t understand what you’re going through unless they’re parents of children with ASD. You may want to let them know that you appreciate their support but that they may not be able to fully understand what you’re going through.
Educate yourself. If you have questions about your child, don’t be afraid to ask them. If you have concerns, don’t be afraid to seek a professional opinion. If you’re worried about your child’s development or mental health, don’t be afraid to seek support. There are many people out there who can help you.
Advocate for your child. You may want to advocate for your child in a variety of ways. You may want to make sure that your child has the services she needs. You may want to make sure that people understand your child and her needs. You may want to make sure that your child has a place in the world and a way to contribute.
COMMON DEFINITIONS AND RESOURCES FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM
Some of the most common terms and definitions used when talking about Autism Spectrum in our children:
ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder is a medical condition that affects how people behave, think, and feel. ASD is characterized by a persistent alteration in brain development resulting in a range of dysfunctional behaviours and below average intellect.
HFA: High Functioning Autism is a form of ASD that impairs social interaction, communication skills and interests. People with HFA have above average intellectual ability.
LDI: Low Functioning Autism is relatively less severe. It corresponds to mild autism, Asperger syndrome, or classic autism. It primarily affects social interaction and social skills.
There are many resources available for parents on the autism spectrum. Here are some resources that can help you:
Respite care: This service provides a break from the day-to-day caregiving responsibilities to families or loved ones who are providing care for an individual with ASD. The resources are provided by an organization or individual contracted with the family.
IHSS in home support care: IHSS usually refers to health and Human Services System, which provides in-home support services to people who need help with daily living activities, such as taking medicine, bathing, cooking and eating, getting dressed, or going to the bathroom. IHSS workers also can provide support and assistance you may need while you’re alone at home with your child. They can get your son ready for school or take him to play dates, doctor’s appointments, or other activities. They can also pick him up from those places and help him transition indoors and out of the car.”
In addition to normal child care, there are several resources and programs available for parents on the Autism spectrum.
Recreation Opportunities: Promote social skills and develop independence in a safe environment. One-to-one Therapy: Provides one-on-one attention and personalized program tailored to the needs of a child on the Autism Spectrum. These programs include occupational therapy, speech therapy, auditory integration training, and many other types of therapy which assist the child and their caregivers in improving the quality of life for both.
Adult Services: Respite care is a program that provides individuals with dedicated time and resources to take care of any personal matters. Additionally, individualized home support care enables development of caring routines, self-help skills and time management to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorder to become more independent in their daily lives. Education:
ABA Applied Behavior Analysis is a science-based treatment program which uses procedures that teach children new behaviors that replace those that are inappropriate or dangerous.