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What we should know about autism
For eight years on 2 April people around the world dress up in blue, set up blue lights on iconic landmarks and share photos of blue objects across social media and blogs to attract attention to the issues of autism via #LightitUpBlue campaign.
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.
Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that can be diagnosed during early childhood, irrespective of gender. However statistics show that there are four times as many boys who are diagnosed with autism as girls.
Autism’s main characteristics are unusual social interactions, non-standard ways of learning, keen interests in specific subjects, inclination to routines, challenges in typical ways of communicating and particular ways of processing sensory information.
The rate of autism in all regions of the world is growing high and the lack of understanding has a huge impact on the individuals, their families and communities. Therefore it is useful to know some facts about autism and follow recommendations which could help making lives of children with this condition and their parents easier and happier:
People don’t need to feel awkward when they’re around children with autism. They may need to treat them a little differently, but not weirded out.
Not all autism is the same. It can have a lot of different symptoms.
These kids love. They need love. They are wonderful and bring enormous joy and laughter to those who love them.
Kids with special needs are smart. Talented. Creative, and thoughtful. It may not be obvious all the time – their minds work differently.
If a child is making strange noises, feel free to look. He/she is just making them because he/ she is excited.
If you see a child with autism in a grocery store, he/she may be head nuzzling, chewing on the corner of a shirt, or spinning. It is because that child is anxious and trying to cope with the way his/her body is affected by surroundings.
Don’t judge parents. Try to understand that environment strongly affects their child.
Please accept kids with autism the way that you assume they and their parents will accept yours.
Be more supportive and open-minded and teach your children to accept being different as normal.