Teaching Autistic Children: One Professional's Personal Insight
Autism is a disorder that often has parents and professionals working in the field frustrated, but the positives outweigh the negative by far. It may not be easy, and those who are not faced with autism in the family may not understand, but the truth is that a child with autism is pure delight for his or her parents, and often for his or her spouse and children. Fitting into the mold is not easy for anyone, and when one stands out so blatantly, it is quite hard not to applaud them for their brave attitude.
One parent recently expressed her thoughts. I will paraphrase to allow for better understanding. -I understand that we all want our kids as normal as possible but it is what it is and we can't change it.- Her words ring true. A child with autism was born with it and chances are his or her siblings may also be on the spectrum. Of course, a diagnosis of ASD might also be coupled with comorbid disorders, such as ADHD, bipolar, etc.- ... the more time we try to figure out a so call "cure" for them, that is time that you are taking away from you child or children trying to tie their shoes or when trying to learn to talk.- Time passes so quickly, it's impossible to get back what was lost but a moment before. Life is not a movie that one can rewind when necessary. Hence, in the words of the concerned mother, "Cherish every second; you never know how long it will last!"
The Inspiration Series
I began the inspiration series, relaying the stories of those who live with autism day in and day out, in order to help tackle some of the frustration that autism in the family might cause.
The first in the series was about a woman living with an autistic brother growing up, her struggles and the sweetness of the love they share. It may not be easy, but just like you would not change your child with another, their siblings would not want anyone different as well.
The second brought to life the beginning of one of the largest autism support groups which exist today on Facebook, called Autism. Nunu Sanchez gladly shared her experience as a mother of an autistic child and how she found and later took control of the group which helps answer all those burning questions parents of autistic children might have.
The third in the series was the story of the Autism Whisperer, a man with autism and how he managed to live a normal life, raise a family and help raise awareness about the disorder. Tips were shared by him on how to get through the holidays when stimulation overload might be a constant problem.
The fourth in the series presented the struggle and the fun a mother experiences when juggling her life, her family, her children and her job. It is possible for one to work when there are children with autism in the family. One just needs to tailor the career to meet the family's needs.
The ABA Therapist: Fifth in the Series
The Fifth story in the series is an interview with ABA therapist Maria Jones. Parents often need certain assurances that those they place their precious children in the care of are truly doing their job and enjoying their work. Maria Jones gives us a glimpse into her world, allaying fears that those in the care may not be doing things right.