Autism Reflection Papers

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In order to be successful in the world, a person must know the basics of reading and writing. Literacy is key in an evolving world like today. It all starts at the beginning of student-teacher interaction in the classroom. There is always an assignment or a teacher that makes an everlasting life changing impression on a student. Senior year of high school, the students in English IV are asked by the principle to prepare a research paper that they think they could apply to community service. Tons of students do their research on cancer, smoking, and obesity. I wanted to be different from the rest. I chose the topic, “The Importance of Early Intervention in Children with Autism”. This topic started a fire within me. It pulled me to learn more than I could fathom.
My younger brother, Jacob, is on the Autism spectrum. His whole life he has been in therapy. At the age of four, Jacob was diagnosed and had already been seeing a regular speech therapist. My family recognized his signs very early, and we acted instantly. Due to my family’s proactive attitude, my brother’s development is exactly where he needs to be or maybe even further. I wanted to do the same for other children
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I learned so much about the children who become affected with this disability. I learned about how I could make a difference in someone’s life. I went to my church and spoke in front of my congregation about being aware of the disability and how they could help the Autism community as well. I went to a preschool where there was a class of children with special needs and did a lesson on painting with non-conventional objects. We laughed, learned, played and had the time of our lives. I got to meet some amazing people in the Autism community through this opportunity. I made a difference, no matter how small, in these peoples’ lives. It was a truly eye opening experience not just for me but my whole
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