Blog

big featured images, with sidebar

Dyspraxia: All You Need to Know About this Disorder

Dyspraxia is a psychomotor and neurological disorder that affects the coordination of body movements. People with this disorder are not able to manipulate their body’s voluntary movements in an optimal way. Dyspraxia is also called perceptuo-motor dysfunction, motor learning difficulties, and developmental coordination disorder (DCD).

Dyspraxia

Someone with dyspraxia has significant problems with movement, being this the most common characteristic, but there are other difficulties that come along with the movement problems, such as coordination issues, slow processing skills, memory issues, and other cognitive skills. This disorder also affects the nervous and immune body system. Motor problems can affect in very different levels to the person who has the condition; it can go from having difficulties to shake hands, to have a hard time while writing.

It’s not unusual for someone with dyspraxia to manifest language problems, but this tends to improve with time (especially if there is therapy been carry out). Also, memory issues can affect differently to every individual, but it usually affects the ability to retain information in the short term. Despite what it can seem superficially, it does not affect the person’s intelligence, nonetheless, it is possible that cause learning problems in kids.

According to experts on the field and different studies, 2% of people have severe dyspraxia, and 10% have some degree of it. Approximately four out of every 5 children with noticeable dyspraxia are boys, meaning that in the affected population a substantial majority are males.

Causes

Dyspraxia causes are not known with certainty; however, it is suspected that these are due to alterations in neurological development in brain areas that are directly related to the motor information process. These alterations do not allow the mention of brain areas to develop correctly.

Is important to say that even when dyspraxia is generally due to innate causes, it can also be caused by injuries or different illnesses.

Diagnosis and treatments

Symptoms can vary a lot depending on the individual’s age; this said, if parents suspect their children have some level of it, they should take them to see a doctor. A clinical psychologist, an educational psychologist or a pediatrician are capacitated to carry out a dyspraxia diagnosis. After knowing all the details of the kid’s particular case, the doctor should be able to provide ways to improve the kid’s skills affected by the disorder. The early the diagnosis is made, the better the treatment results will be shown.

This condition does not have a cure; nevertheless, with the right treatment, individuals can improve significantly, so it’s crucial that therapy is taken into account. Depending on the diagnosis, the treatments can be very different, occupational therapy, language therapy, and motor training are the most common, but the treatment should adapt to each specific case.

With the right help, every person with dyspraxia can perfectly live a normal healthy life despite their difficulties, a particular condition should never be an impediment to reach big things; all it takes for people with dyspraxia to feel comfortable on their everyday life is our unconditional support and understanding.

all you need to know about dyspraxia

A psychomotor disorder that affects the coordination of movements and is often accompanied by other verbal and brain disorders.

______________________________________________________________

Facebook: Autism Soccer

Instagram: Autism Soccer

Twitter: Autism Soccer

15165 NW 77 Ave Suite 1005 Miami Lakes FL 33014

Autismsoccer.org

Major Angel Sponsor

Autismo: ¿alteraciones en el cerebro?

Al hablar del autismo, muchos expertos se han preguntado cuáles son sus antecedentes y qué relación podría tener con el cerebro.Constantemente, aparecen estudios intentando explicar las variaciones que podría tener este órgano en una persona con autismo. Sin embargo, en la mayoría de los casos, la información no es lo suficientemente convincente. El autismo presenta diferentes síntomas y resulta difícil abarcarlos todos en un diagnóstico que explique el porqué de cada uno. Aún así, algunos expertos se han enfocado en determinar sus posibles causas.

¿Cuáles son los últimos avances?

En Suecia, se realiza una investigación que ha arrojado resultados muy interesantes. La misma sostiene la relación existente entre niños con autismo y antecedentes familiares de alteraciones cerebrales. En estos casos, se estudian a los más cercanos y, luego, van alejándose a los lazos menos directos. Sorprendentemente, hay mayor posibilidad de que un infante nazca con TEA si sus hermanos mayores lo tienen. También, llegaron a la conclusión de que las variaciones en el cerebro de padres o hermanos, podrían aumentar la probabilidad del nacimiento de un pequeño con autismo, aunque el antecedente no necesariamente sea el autismo.

El investigador Brian Lee, catedrático de epidemiología y bioestatica de la Universidad Drexel en Filadelfia, afirma: “El antecedente familiar es una herramienta increíblemente sólida de resultado en casi todos los aspectos de la medicina”.*  Además, han podido comprobar que la esquizofrenia, depresión, trastorno bipolar o ansiedad podrían formar parte del círculo hereditario del TEA.

James Crowley, catedrático de genética y psiquiatría de la Universidad de Carolina del Norte en Chapel Hill, asevera: “Los genes que predisponen a un trastorno psiquiátrico o neurológico a menudo predisponen a otro”.*

¿En qué se basan estas teorías?

Es muy probable que los síntomas del autismo se encuentren relacionados con alteraciones de la corteza cerebral. Por lo tanto, se ven afectadas diferentes funciones propias del ser humano, entre ellas, las capacidad intelectual, la facilidad para la asociación e integración, así como la motricidad, atención, memoria, entre otros. Por otra parte, se han detectado anomalías en el cerebro y cerebelo de individuos con autismo que se piensan, vienen desde antes del nacimiento del niño; estando presente en sus genes y formación, es decir, son hereditarias.

Otro de los puntos considerados por los científicos, ha sido la inexistencia o poca presencia de las famosas neuronas espejo; estas se encuentran ubicadas en el lóbulo frontal y nos permiten imitar acciones contribuyendo en el neurodesarrollo. Asimismo, han estudiado con atención la disminución o poca conexión entre las neuronas de personas con TEA.

Conclusiones

Aunque las investigaciones continúan, hay fuertes inclinaciones que afirmarían la conexión entre los familiares y condiciones cerebrales con el autismo en sus descendientes. Estos hallazgos permiten entender mejor las funciones cerebrales de las personas con TEA y explicar mejor algunos de sus síntomas. Aunque no ha sido posible dar con una conclusión definitiva sobre sus causas, los estudios no cesan en la búsqueda de mejores terapias y mayor entendimiento para los individuos con autismo. ¿Crees que sea posible llegar al inicio de todo?

“Cuanto más estrechos sean los lazos genéticos entre los miembros con alteraciones cerebrales, mayores serán las probabilidades de que el niño tenga autismo”.

*Información extraída de:

https://autismodiario.org/2019/05/22/alteraciones-en-el-cerebro-pueden-estar-ligadas-a-factores-hereditarios-en-el-autismo/

________________________________________________

Facebook: Autism Soccer

Instagram: Autism Soccer

Twitter: Autism Soccer

Major Angel Sponsor

Why Should Your Child Put Aside Video Games to Go Out and Play?

Video games debates are not something that we haven’t seen, but the fact that we keep reading about it proves that it is actually something that is worth paying attention to. When it comes to kids, opinions can variate a lot; nonetheless, is healthy to recognize that everything can be somehow harmful at a certain point. That’s what we’re going to be talking about, should your child put aside video games to go play outside?

Video games

Childhood is a crucial phase. The different experiences a kid has at his short age can determinate who they are going to be in the future; this means we should always pay attention to what they do, as well as making sure they are developing a healthy character.

Last year, the WHO (World Health Organization) officially included the addiction to video games among the most harmful behaviors related to technology. After years of discussion, their opinion is pretty clear now: video games addiction is now considered a mental illness. This makes us see these games from a different perspective. They can be really funny and a great way to have a good time, but when playing them becomes an uncontrollable desire, that’s when it becomes a problem.

Nowadays, video games are everywhere, and children love to play them all the time. This is not a problem itself, at least not a first; kids love to have fun, and they are funny, so it is not hard to figure out why they love them so much. Problems come when a child spends too much time playing them, not because of the content (that’s a whole different topic), but because they may stop playing with other people. But why is this a problem?

Develop social skills is a crucial step in childhood. Interacting with other people as much as possible prepare individuals for their whole life and can make a great difference in their future, especially if they have autism or any condition within ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) since these kids tend to have difficulties when socializing with others. For kids, playing outside instead of staying indoors playing video games, can make a huge variation in their way to perceive the world.

Should you forbid the video games to your kid?

Of course not. As said before, they can be really funny and can influence positively the mood of any kid, and that’s a good thing. Also, they have other benefits such as increasing their reasoning speed, stimulate their concentration, developing their reflexes and mental agility as well as improve their manual coordination. Actually, some games are specially created with educational purposes, which can help a kid in other ways too.

The problems are not the video games itself; the actual problem is the addiction to them or what they can mean in a kid’s life. As long as it doesn’t become an evident problem, your child can perfectly have some hours of playing. Nonetheless, playing outside and interacting with others is even a better option, so we should constantly encourage them to do so. Friendly advice, if your son or daughter plays video games a lot, you can join him or her or bring friends to play along that way he or she will be improving social skills at the same time, not a bad idea at all.

Why playing outside is better than video games

We promise you that your child will love playing outside.

______________________________________________________________

Facebook: Autism Soccer

Instagram: Autism Soccer

Twitter: Autism Soccer

15165 NW 77 Ave Suite 1005 Miami Lakes FL 33014

Autismsoccer.org

Major Angel Sponsor

5 juegos para niños con autismo

Generalmente, para los padres y profesores, es difícil encontrar actividades para el entretenimiento de los niños. Hoy en día, el avance de las tecnologías ha facilitado la labor para algunas familias. Sin embargo, hay quienes prefieren apostar a lo tradicional e incentivar el deporte. Los juegos físicos y manuales, contribuyen al desarrollo motor y mental de los infantes. En el caso de los niños con TEA, trastorno del espectro autista, el reto es aún mayor. Puede resultar un poco más complicado, pero debemos recordar la importancia de acompañarlos en este camino. Para ellos, puede resultar complicado distribuir su tiempo y es recomendable apoyarlos en la labor.

La estimulación sensorial facilitará su desarrollo y, realizándose de la forma adecuada, aliviará el estrés del niño y su familia.

Toma precauciones

Antes de escoger cuál será la mejor opción de esparcimiento para el pequeño, debes evaluar ciertos factores, como su edad, preferencias y tipo de materiales a utilizar. Es importante que te organices muy bien para evitar causarle ansiedad y confusión.

Inicia mostrándole lo que quieres lograr, guíalo y no lo presiones. Dale tiempo para realizarlo a su ritmo. Si en vez de mostrar resultados positivos, lo notas incómodo o molesto, haz el intento con otro juego o prueba al día siguiente.

Te dejamos 5 opciones para pasar tiempo juntos mientras ellos aprenden y se distraen:

Imitación y repetición

Puedes guiñar los ojos y hacerle saber que debe seguirte. Saca la lengua, aplaude, agáchate y levántate. Tras algunos intentos, será familiar para él y hará su parte.

Arte y manualidades

El dibujo puede ser un medio de comunicación ideal para los niños con autismo. Prueba con algunos lápices de colores, pinturas, diamantinas, plastilina y todo lo que se te ocurra. Seguramente, su nivel de participación será muy alto y terminarán pasando un rato muy ameno. De hecho, puedes habilitar un espacio para este fin y tratar de invitarlo en horas específicas.

Interacción con juguetes

Al principio parecerá complejo hacer que participen, pero no te desesperes, toma el juguete y repite la acción hasta generarle interés. Por ejemplo, a la hora del baño puedes añadir algunos patitos de hule a la tina, sumérgelos y luego deja que floten. Será muy placentero para él relacionar el baño y ese momento de relajación con sus juguetes favoritos.

Bailar al ritmo de la música

Esta alternativa suele ser muy efectiva. Las personas con autismo disfrutan de la música. Según sean los gustos de tu hijo, elige la más acorde y ¡empieza a bailar! Intenta que siga tus movimientos y, sin darte cuenta, ya estará imitándote. También hay canciones con indicaciones: mueve la cintura, toca tu nariz, haz cosquillas a tu compañero…

El escondite

Inicia sin irte muy lejos y sorpréndelo un poco cuando te localice, intenta intercambiar de lugar; si no se siente preparado, sigue haciéndolo tú.

Recordemos la importancia de disfrutar de sus etapas como niños. Aún cuando no perciban el exterior como los demás, tienen sentimientos y son curiosos con el mundo que los rodea. Es nuestra labor brindarles herramientas e incentivarlos a realizar otras actividades. No olvides felicitarlo por cada logro y no mostrar frustración si no lo logran inmediatamente. Las sonrisas serán indispensables en todo momento. Déjalo ir paso a paso y cada vez se mostrará más interesado. ¡Su felicidad es lo más importante!

Adaptar y crear juegos para tu niño es una grandiosa idea para poner a volar su desarrollo

_________________________________________________________

Facebook: Autism Soccer

Instagram: Autism Soccer

Twitter: Autism Soccer

Major Angel Sponsor

Inclusion by Conviction and not by Obligation

Children are wonderful. Regardless of their unique personalities, with their antics and innocence, they always find a way to draw a smile in our faces, even in the most complicated days. We love the fact that they can have fun and learn together; after all, inclusion is important, and although some of them may present particular conditions, this doesn’t mean they cannot be included in groups with other kids.

ASD (autism spectrum disorder) is a neurobehavioral condition that can complicate the social interaction with other individuals. However, with the necessary help, this interaction can be as good as any, and that’s exactly what we are going to talk to you about.

How to include children with ASD in groups with other kids

It is normal to think that when a child is in the autism spectrum, he or she won’t be able to get along with others, but that is just half-truth. The kid can present inconveniences when interacting with other people, especially strangers, nonetheless, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t do it; actually, experts on the field suggest that’s exactly what they should do in order to learn general knowledge, and improve their social skills.

It is important to say that cases can be very different, depending on the type of autism the kid has, the require assistance can variate; some of them will need just a bit of help to socialize with other kids, while others can require special attention as well as constant intervene to help the kid interact in a satisfactory level with other kids, in any case, assistance can be extremely helpful.

How to contribute to the kid’s inclusion

It may sound rough, but if you know someone with autism, surely you’ve noticed some rejection from the society to them. This happens because most of the people tend to reject what they don’t understand; in other words, if they see someone who’s too different, they will usually feel curious about it, but in most cases they won’t talk to them. Here’s when the assistance of an adult can be very helpful.

For example, say there’s a group of children playing, if you want a kid with autism to be included in the group, you should not only talk with the kid, but to the whole group, and try to let them all know how different can be the new kid, as well as how funny can be playing with him or her. Introducing him or her, you will be helping out the kid taking a bit of pressure out of his or her shoulders as well as letting the other children know that difference between them can be a good and not a bad thing.

When it comes about kids with ASD, inclusion can be a hard task sometimes. It is always recommendable to assist to a therapist if a particular case is evidently harder than most and requires special assistance. The goal is to develop strategies to help the child feel more comfortable when interacting with others. These strategies can take longer, but once the results start to show, it will be very helpful for the kid’s present and future.

how to have a harmonious inclusion of your child with autism

Everything must be voluntary.

______________________________________________________________

Facebook: Autism Soccer

Instagram: Autism Soccer

Twitter: Autism Soccer

15165 NW 77 Ave Suite 1005 Miami Lakes FL 33014

Autismsoccer.org

Major Angel Sponsor

Tips to Make the Most of Sports Activities

Sports activities are always the best way to improve children’s health. Having an active lifestyle will help kids with different conditions to overcome them. So parents and everybody involved with their routines must take all the advantages that this offer to their health and other aspects of their lives.

Physical activity can improve children’s stamina and resistance, that depending on the condition will be highly important. For a good development and growth, engaging your kids (no matter their condition) with sports can make the difference in their health.

Learn how to make the most of sports activities

As parents, your top priority is the health and happiness of your child. Sports are an amazing way to fulfill this, but you must be an active part of this process to create a bond with your kids. Take these tips and make the most of them.

  1. Involve their doctors: before enrolling them in any activity, check with the doctor. Even when they truly want it sometimes their conditions limitless to a specific activity. The doctors know what is best for them.
  1. Find a fun activity: fun is the key word here. Children love to have fun when they are doing any kind of activity, for that single reason if the sport activity is fun they will enjoy it even more.
  1. Stick to a developmental sports activity: remember that even when kids want to prove themselves, there are sports that are not suitable for them for many reasons: age, motor skills, their own conditions and plenty more. So find one that will be good with them, like soccer.
  1. Add it to the routine: like many others, your son or daughter must be in a personalized routine, so when you find the right sport activity add it to the routine and place it in the best time for them.
  1. Safety is a must: if you want your son or daughter to make the most of the sports activity, remember that safety is important. The environment and equipment have to be adequate, plus they must be comfortable and good for their senses.
  1. Be a role model: if you as parents show to your kids how good are sports, they would want to follow your example, so keep an active lifestyle and involve them in it.
  1. Talk about this topic: their opinion is highly important, so ask them what sport they like, and how or when they want to try it. Never push them to do something they don’t like. Kids within the spectrum react badly to this kind of behavior.
  1. Encourage socialization: the best part of team activities like soccer is the socialization; that way kids with certain conditions can start to develop skills in the social aspect one that sometimes is hard for them.
  1. Teach them how to win and lose: winning and losing is a huge part of every sport, so teach them that not every time they will win and, of course, they will face some defeats in the future. That is part of being a player, but with the support of the other, players they can be better for the next game.
  1. Find other activities outside sports: sometimes, this world can be very addictive, it would be better if you engage your children in other activities that don’t involve a ball or a competition. That way they can find a way out of the stress or pressure that is being part of the team, without getting to the point of quitting.

Sports activities can be the new passion of your son or daughter, so take into consideration these tips and how to make the most of them. That way your children can find happiness and fun; at the same time, they are improving their health.

children practicing sports

Enroll your little ones in sports activities.

Facebook: Autism Soccer

Instagram: Autism Soccer

Twitter: Autism Soccer

15165 NW 77 Ave Suite 1005 Miami Lakes FL 33014

Autismsoccer.org

Major Angel Sponsor

First-Time Parents Guide: Disruptive Behaviors, What Can I Do to Help My Kid?

It’s commonly normal for kids to present bad behaviors such as tantrums, being defiant, not listening, among others. Normally, as parents, you must be very aware to discipline them and teach the correct way to behave.

However, when these begin to occur more continuously at home, school, or elsewhere, children exhibit disruptive behavior where discipline is difficult to find because the routine and daily life are disturbed. So, in today’s article Autism Soccer will explain what exactly means this topic.

Getting to know the disruptive behaviors

This condition will present a constant pattern of anger, defiance, backtalk, troubling managing and regulating emotions, and even the worst behaviors can show kids being hostile or aggressive with their peers, older kids, parents, and relatives. Sometimes it can look like a normal bad episode, the one that every parent has to deal with, but in reality, the disruptive behaviors are more intense, dangerous and difficult to control or discipline.

These will affect their social circle and how they interact with other figures as teachers, neighbors, and relatives. School and extracurricular activities are also affected because these terrible episodes can be present.

There are two commons types of the disruptive behaviors: oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder.

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

This type is less stronger than the conduct disorder; however, can present some struggles within the child. Paying attention to the symptoms is important; they can be:

  • Show tantrums and anger more regular than other kids.
  • Constantly arguing with the adults around.
  • Hard to follow orders or comply request from parents and teachers.
  • Used to blame others for their mistakes.
  • Like to annoy other children.
  • Often seek revenge of people that treat them bad.

Conduct disorder

This condition is very dangerous because involves violent and aggressive episodes. It can be diagnosed as ODD in kids very young, but later after they show their personalities, the aggression appeared. Children with this disorder can ignore and abuse others physically and emotionally, with total knowledge about what they are doing. Among the symptoms are:

  • Strong bullying toward others that can escalate to aggression.
  • Refuse to limits and boundaries, like to go to school or daily routines.
  • Abusing animals and younger kids in the neighborhood.
  • Experts in lying, stealing and vandalizing.
  • Abuse on certain substances is common.
  • Engage in physical fights with older kids.

Many parents tend to confuse a rebel teenage with an individual that is suffering from disruptive behaviors, which need expert treatment. Talking constantly with teachers, friends and know their responses will be important to seek correct help from professionals. Know that you as parents are not alone, many people are just like you, trying to know how to help their children to control these bad behaviors.

Experts are the best way to start the corrects treatments, but your work at home is equally important: never think less of your duties. Remember, disruptive behaviors can be conditions that can produce violent episodes, so never minimize the seriousness of them, they are not a common rebellious attitude: the health of your kids and people around them can be in danger.

How can you help your son or daughter with disruptive behavior at home?

Discipline with positive attitude

This condition shows different attitudes, but it doesn’t mean that kids can’t present good ones. When that happens, reward them while you praise them and show affection. For example, let them eat their favorite food or take them to a place they want to visit, try not to provide material things because they can trick you into a loop which can be difficult to break.

Punishment after the misbehavior

Never wait for the next day to punish them for a mistake. Making kids understand where and why is the mistake will be important for them to be responsible adults. Whatever the punishment, it must come right there, that way children will completely comprehend what is bad, and how to improve.

Minor behaviors

Every child makes different little mistakes, like spilling juice or water because they are not paying enough attention. Children with disruptive behaviors can present the same mistakes, but for them is more important the correction and what they can learn from it, cleaning or correct their own errors can be of great help for them. So explain to them what is wrong and how to find a solution.

These small but important steps can be perfect for your kids with disruptive behaviors because you’re dealing with the problem even with all the fears that this condition may present. Always trust the pediatrician and therapist in what to do at home and school for them to improve day after day.

what you should do in case of disruptive behaviors

Learn about autism to help your son or daughter to have a better life.

Facebook: Autism Soccer

Instagram: Autism Soccer

Twitter: Autism Soccer

15165 NW 77 Ave Suite 1005 Miami Lakes FL 33014

Autismsoccer.org

Major Angel Sponsor

First-Time Parents Guide: Should I Give to My Kid Special Education?

Special education schools and programs can be a great way to attend the different needs of kids with certain conditions because they can offer tailored instruction, specialized support, and crucial resources and services for them. However, as first-time parents of a child with autism, there can be some doubts about these places.

There are different programs and types, all of them with their pros and cons. Choosing one will depend on the attention and support needed every day and how well he or she can integrate to the environment and people there.

Programs and types of special education

A little guide to explain what are the distinctions among them

Full-time options

  • Dedicated schools: these are completely dedicated to children with one or more special conditions. every activity and class is totally focused on helping them to improve their abilities and education.
  • Dedicated classes: regular schools offer special courses to improve and help kids with special conditions; however, they don’t have the more extreme condition, so here teachers fulfill or work with the difficulties that they can present.

Part-time options

  • Integrated classes: some academies can offer integrated classes with neurotypical and special boys or girls interacting at the same time.
  • Withdrawal classes: other schools have the withdrawal or pull out courses, where students can have a regular education but are absent for some period to receive treatment or support.
  • Regular class with resource support: children can have breaks for support, alone or in groups, with staff with expertise in the area.
  • Regular class with indirect support: here regular teachers adapt their classes and lessons to engage kids with special needs, not just with the knowledge but also with the rest of the students.

Pros and cons of the special education

Pros

The benefits of the programs, classes and schools for kids with special needs can be many. Of course, it will depend of the parents’ final decision.

  • Support: boys and girls can receive all the help and attention that they will need according to their conditions. This can include the areas accommodations, playgrounds, and even the food.
  • Qualified teachers: they have the best certification and experience treating children with different conditions.
  • Instructions: every lesson is made under the final goal to meet the special learning needs of every student.
  • Special resources and services: many of these offer services like speech-language therapy, academic and psychological counseling, physical and occupational therapy, tutoring programs, and a few more.
  • Inclusion: within these schools, students can find friends and peers that are dealing and battle every day with the same conditions as them, so they can improve the social interaction among them or other abilities that can be very hard to do in regular academies.

Cons

Even when we truly recommend special education for your son or daughter, there can be some cons with it. However, they can be overcome because, sometimes, children within the spectrum just need someone that truly understand them.

  • Integration: it is good for them, but there won’t be any with neurotypical kids. Thus, different influences can’t be present among them.
  • Stigma: special needs term can be connoted as a bad one. They can be victims of bullying. If this is the case, remember to take the right actions against it.
  • Academics: sometimes, the education level in these schools can be lower than in regular schools. So if the parents are looking for a higher step in education planning for university, maybe these are not the best choice.
  • Transition: if the parents decide to change from a special education school to a regular one, the transition can be hard.

Special education schools are a good way to help kids with different conditions to learn and advance in academics, besides to support them and improve other abilities in different areas. But even with this article, the final decision will be yours as parents because you know what is the best for your kids.

benefits of special education

Do you want to carry your son to get educated with special education?

Facebook: Autism Soccer

Instagram: Autism Soccer

Twitter: Autism Soccer

15165 NW 77 Ave Suite 1005 Miami Lakes FL 33014

Autismsoccer.org

Major Angel Sponsor

First-Parents Guide: All You Need to Know About Your Kid with Autism

Do you have a kid with autism? Then you’re probably worried, especially if you do not know enough about autism and all it represents. The first thing you have to know is that, just like you, there are many parents around the world with the same thoughts going through their minds, so you’re not the only one who’s worried. Lucky for all of you, we live on an age where efforts to understand autism are quite remarkable, and knowledge about this condition is constantly growing; thanks to this, we have a better understanding about the right way to raise a child with autism.

Things you need to know about your kid with autism

What is autism?

Let’s start with the basic, ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) is a complex neurobehavioral lifetime condition. That’s right, a condition -not a disease-; therefore, it can’t be cured. This is important to understand because people tend to believe autism is considered a disease. Despite different theories and studies, nobody knows exactly what causes autism; nonetheless, genetic and environmental are the most accepted possible causes for the scientific community.

How does autism affect a kid?

The common characteristics of people with autism are often related to their social skills, this happens because the vast majority of them have difficulties in holding a conversation the same way that a neurotypical person would. They are also often expressed in particular ways, which is why many people find it hard to understand what children with autism try to communicate; however, as we pay attention to their behavior, we can understand them more easily.

Therapy can make a difference

Every kid with autism presents a different case, and even though you can learn a lot about ASD, it’s always recommendable to go to a specialist in the matter (after all, they’re the ones who make the diagnosis and propose the right treatments to help the kid). Working alongside the specialist, you will create different strategies to help your kid overcome every obstacle in his/her way so, as said before, is highly recommended to get help.

Kids with autism can be really different

Kids with autism tend to have things in common, but that does not mean they will behave the same way, autism can manifest very differently in each kid, therefore, if you know other kids with autism, thinking your child will be just like them is a mistake. It is essential to keep this in mind since your kid might need more help than other kids with ASD or, by the other hand, just a bit of help can be enough.

They’re different, don’t expect them to act like us

Sometimes, kids with autism will show unusual reactions to common events; this happens because they perceive the world in a different way, that’s why people with autism show particular behaviors that most people find weird. The mistake a lot of us do is expecting people with autism to act like us, even when they’re obviously different. Instead of hoping for them to change, what we should do is try to understand them, once we do that, we will see that we have more things in common than differences.

give a good education to your kid with autism

Knowing your son or daughter can be easier to give them a good education.

______________________________________________________________

Facebook: Autism Soccer

Instagram: Autism Soccer

Twitter: Autism Soccer

15165 NW 77 Ave Suite 1005 Miami Lakes FL 33014

Autismsoccer.org

Major Angel Sponsor

First-Time Parents Guide: My Son Has Autism, What Can I Do?

If you have a child who has been diagnosed with autism, you probably feel worried, which is only natural. The concern may arise from the knowledge of the condition as by the lack of knowledge of it, after all, autism is a pretty complex disorder capable of causing different kinds of complications in a child’s development, as well as in their understanding of the world. So, when a child is diagnosed, we must provide the necessary support so that this child can grow and have a great future; after everything, that is what every father wants for his son.
Do you have a child with autism? Here is some advice for you:

Do not panic

If you’re extremely worried prematurely, this won’t do you any help. Your child might need more support than other kids, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing: a child with autism can perfectly live a normal life just like any other kid, plus, there have been several people with autism who have become important historical figures. Do not over-worry; things may not be as bad as you might think when the diagnosis is made.

Inform yourself

First of all: the more knowledge, the better. ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) manifests in several different ways in the kids, your child is probably very different from other kids with autism; therefore, the comparison can be virtually irrelevant. So instead of comparing, search for information, there are many websites dedicated to sharing data about autism and all it represents (just like this one). Also, it’s highly recommendable to constantly work alongside a specialist on the matter, together you will create strategies to help your child overcome every obstacle on his way.

Consider professional help

As mentioned before, working alongside an expert on the field can be extremely helpful, so this is definitely one very recommended step to follow. Autism kids tend to have particular behaviors that require particular treatments; some of them might need just a bit of professional assistance, while others require long term therapy, in any case, the professional help is always handy, so it’s something to keep in mind.

Be mentally prepared

Kids with ASD are quite different from other kids, they may react to common situations in unexpected ways, not pay attention to things most kids do pay attention to, or behave in unusual ways. This tends to happen because their way of seeing the world is different than ours, but this does not have to be a reason to worry parse, it just means your child is different (which is not a bad thing). Nonetheless, you should be conscious that your child behavior may surprise you more than once. Keep an open mind at all times.

Love!

False rumors will always be around: “Kids with autism do not feel any emotions,” “Children with autism never express their feelings,” “They live in their own world.” We should not pay attention to this kind of comments, a child with autism has feelings just like any other kids. Even when they do not show them in usual ways, they need love and support and, as parents, is crucial to be there for our child no matter what.

It’s true that raising a child with ASD can be complicated but, at the end of the day, it’s all worth it. Before you realize, they will be making you feel proud.

first son with autism

If your first son was born with some type of autism, you don’t have any reason to care. Help him!

______________________________________________________________

Facebook: Autism Soccer

Instagram: Autism Soccer

Twitter: Autism Soccer

15165 NW 77 Ave Suite 1005 Miami Lakes FL 33014

Autismsoccer.org

Major Angel Sponsor