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.

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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.

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Does your favorite artist live with autism?

ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) is a complex neurobehavioral condition; in some people, it is noticeable, while in others, it is present in such a way that it can go unnoticed. Many artists today have been diagnosed with autism at some point of their lives, some of them are very important figures (perhaps even one of your favorite artists has this condition, and you have not realized it). Here we bring you some artists who have lived with autism.

Artists who have lived with autism

Michael Jackson

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was one of the most influential people that ever existed. Singer, composer, record producer, dancer, actor, and philanthropist, MJ was simply a musical genius, but what a lot of people doesn’t know is that he might have had Asperger syndrome; though is not confirmed, certainly the traits in his personality -like being withdrawn, shy, and very sensitive- seem to point that way.

Courtney Love

The charismatic Courtney Love is known for being a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress; according to her Wikipedia biography, at age nine, a psychologist noted that she exhibited signs of autism, something that never stopped her from doing what she loves. In the 90s, she attracted a lot of media attention consistently for its impetuous and frank personality, and though she was a controversial character, as an artist and fashion icon she was always respected.

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Woody Allen

Woody Allen is a very respected figure. With a highly successful career on his back, the actor, screenwriter, writer, playwright, film director, and comedian -who is also a four times Academy Award winner- is already an icon, and though it has never been explicitly said that he is on the autism spectrum, different experts seem to agree that that’s likely the case.

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Tim Burton

It may not be publicly confirmed that Tim Burton has ASD, but he has acknowledged that Edward Scissorhands, one of his most famous films, has a lot of autobiography due that it describes the isolation he suffered when he was a child; in addition, his ex-wife Helena Bonham Carter, said that she noticed signs of autism in the artist. In any case, Tim Burton is a director, producer, writer, and American cartoonist very loved by his fans and the media. The vast majority of Burton’s works have a very marked style that differentiates them from other movies, classics such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Big Fish are already cult films.

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Bill Gates

Bill Gates may not be an artist exactly, but his achievements are so incredibly remarkable that it’s worth mentioning him. Is common known that Gates has always been a meticulous and methodical person, he tends to show continuous equilibrium movement when he’s concentrated; plus, he has a monotonous way of speaking and is not unusual for him to avoid eye contact. Despite all of that, he’s one of the most important figures of our time: the Microsoft co-founder is one of the richest men alive.

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8 Myths about Autism

The autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) is a complex neurobehavioral condition, which starts to be noticed since the first year of a kid’s life, and will last for as long as they live. The most recent data shared by the U.S. Center for Disease Control shows that 1 out of every 68 children are diagnosed with some type of autism, but even when this syndrome is more common than most people think, there’s still exist a lot of negative myths around it. Here we’re going to talk about 8 of those myth about the ASD.

True or false? Myths about autism

1) It only affects children

This is only half truth; the condition is usually diagnosed only on kids, but since it’s a lifetime condition, those kids grow up to be adults, and so, adults are affected by ASD too.

2) People with autism do not feel any kind of need for socializing with others

Not quite, although is truth that they do not have the same need that most of us have for socializing, they can enjoy time with others even when they don’t express their joy the same way we do.

3) People with autism do not feel any kind of emotion at all

This is false, it is truth that one of the most difficult things that someone with ASD can do, is to identify what they feel, but that doesn’t mean they are unable to feel any kind of feeling whatsoever, they all have Alexithymia, which is a personality construct characterized by the subclinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self.

4) People with autism can’t express their feelings

Again, this is only half truth; they can’t express their feelings the same way we do, that is of course related to their alexithymia, meaning they can’t put in words what they feel because they don’t even know how they feel exactly. Nonetheless, they might express their feelings in particular ways, if we pay enough attention to their behavior, we should be able to find something unusual in the way they act, and so, try figure out what they feel.

5) The origin of autism is in a lack of affection

This is absolutely false, the ASD has nothing to do with lack of attention in any way, autism is just a neurobehavioral condition, a brain alteration, meaning that if you pay a lot of attention to a kid even before the autism’s syndrome can be noticed, the syndrome will still be there.

6) People with autism are geniuses

It depends on what you mean exactly. People with the syndrome shows different results when it comes about IQ, although, it is truth that a significant amount of them can show outstanding results, but it’s not something that always goes accompanied with being inside the ASD.

7) Kids with autism should not go to regular schools

Children with autism benefit greatly from integration into school life. Of course, there can be differences, but in most cases send them to school is a good thing; there they can learn about social skills, which is one of the hardest things to do for them. Although it’s truth that some kids can not face a classroom because of different reasons, and that sometimes their behavior can be harmful to other children, as noted before, this doesn’t tend to be the case.

8) They live in their own world

This is also false. A lot of times we hear those words, and though it can be just a manner of speech, it’s just not accurate; they live in the same world we all live in. Sure they can have unusual behaviors, but that doesn’t mean we should try to exclude them; the fact that they have a particular condition is not excuse for treating them as if they’re anything but people with rights and feelings. We should make things easier for them, not harder.

We hope that with this new knowledge, you have a more clear view about the autistic spectrum disorder, and remember, not everything we hear is true, sometimes the facts are a little more complicated.

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