People who don’t have firsthand experience with children on the spectrum often mean well, but their actions and words may come across as insensitive.
Parents have enough on their plate taking care of their special needs children, the last thing they need is to get hurt or upset by someone who misspoke.
If you know a parent affected by autism and want to offer support, here are ways you should and shouldn’t ask about their child.
Well over half of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including children, have trouble sleeping. This can be very frustrating for both the parents and children.
People often have only one specific idea of what they think autism looks like and it’s usually the severe kind. They think it’s having little to no social or communication skills. Or it could be an inability to make eye contact, and a hypersensitivity to sounds and change.
To these people, having autism automatically means you can never live a full life and you will always need someone else to care for you.
Raising a child with autism spectrum disorder is without a doubt a challenge. Parents try anything from therapy to classes and toys to help their child live better, fuller lives.
So…..it looks like schools around the country are going virtual this fall. At least, most of them.
What does that mean for you?
Well, many parents are opting to homeschool instead. And, the rest (with the exception of those who have the option of in-person school) are going to do virtual school at home.
What is autism?
Autism Speaks sums it up so succinctly.
“Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.”
Read more of their explanation here at this link.