When my cousin was three years old, she wasn’t talking. When she was four, she still wasn’t. Now she is almost twelve and she still has trouble with speech. When she did start to speak, she just repeated things that she had heard. It was hard to watch my aunt try to figure out what she wanted because she would not look at my aunt in the eye and she would just say repeated things over and over. My cousin has a form of autism and this disorder is one that people are dealing with everywhere. Autistic children have to go to school also and they are bombarded with stimuli that sometimes they cannot understand or interpret.
Some of the signs of autism include repetitive movements. These include making sounds, rolling their head around or rocking their body in some way. Another symptom of this disorder is compulsive behavior. Autistic kids will often line things up according to size or they will stack things on top of each other. Autistic children do not like change at all. I remember a time when my cousin would not eat macaroni and cheese because the noodles were shell shaped instead of the normal shaped noodles. Autistic kids do not like change probably because they just don’t understand it. Some children with this disorder will inflict injury upon themselves. They might poke their eye, bite their hand, pick at their skin or even bang their head. Some autistic children have extremely rare abilities like the ability to memorize a lot of trivia. Sometimes these kids have an area of expertise that kind of contradicts their overall limitations.
Autism kids at school
When it comes to schooling, which school they go to depends on the level of autism a child has and where they lie on the spectrum. Some autistic kids can function pretty well in a regular classroom so when the beginning of the year comes around, parents are definitely feeling the stress of sending their kid off to begin a new school year. Autistic children have a much harder time learning the names of their new peers and teacher. They also get overwhelmed with he new and confusing stimuli. It is hard for autistic kids to express themselves and so parent often will not understand the problems their child may be having in school. Many teachers have a hard time also especially if they have not received necessary training on how to deal with autistic kids. Because these children’s routines are changing so drastically from summer to school, parents are always worried about how their child will do in the new school year.
There is no real treatment for autism and definitely no cure. There are some ways of managing this disorder though. There are lots of different therapies that some parents try for their children. Some of these include animal-assisted therapy, massage therapy, and music therapy. These therapies involve the child interacting with something like an animal or music. The children can relate to it in ways that we don’t really understand. Autism is a sad disorder and should not be taken lightly. Have consideration whenever you must interact with an autistic child.
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