My younger brother was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at a very young age. I am glad that to any bystander, he just seems like a quirky little kid, but sometimes I wonder about how people will treat him as he grows older, and how he is going to adapt to life as a long-term students (he is currently home schooled). When most people think of a developmental disorder, they imagine something along the lines of gaining some brain damage in your early years of life that puts you in a vegetable state for the rest of your waking days. After learning lots of information on the topic of autism spectrum disorders, I know now that this idea of developmental disorders like autism is entirely outdated and does not do the entire population of people with these disorders any real justice.
Parents of children with autism often suffer from stress and anxiety. Dealing with children with autism places extraordinary demands on the shoulder of parents that can be added over the usual parental daily work and responsibilities. Compounding the needs and work load of the family members to the responsibilities of raising a child with autism can be multiplied and easily create a hectic situation where parents feel the pressure under such circumstances and suffer psychological symptoms that can be overwhelming to both parents and siblings of children with autism.
Latefa A. Dardas and Muayyad M. Ahmad from University of Jordan discussed extensively on the Quality of life (QoL) among parents of children with autistic disorder. The purposes of this study were: (1) to examine differences in the quality of life between fathers and mothers of children with Autistic Disorder in a sample from an Arab country, and (2) to examine the psychosocial correlates of the quality of life of Arab parents of children with Autistic Disorder. The results showed no significant differences in physical, psychological, social, and environmental health of Fathers and mothers of children with Autistic Disorder. Also both the parents showed almost similar bivariate correlations between the reported QoL levels and their parenting stress, coping strategies, and demographic characteristics.
Regardless of whether it is correct or not, the assumption is sometimes made that children who have been diagnosed with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder, tend to be placed in the group that is associated with possessing behavioral problems such as rudeness, being obnoxiously loud, or incapable of sitting still. In addition, they are sometimes seen as not being able to communicate effectively and their social skills and emotional control are lacking in many areas (Boso, et.al, 2007); therefore, it is necessary to make sure all approaches are analyzed to help those children with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder be able to live as normal life as possible.
I am excited and eager to attend this course to be able to elevate my knowledge of human behaviors and our mental processes. It will not only help me cope with my son’s disorder, it will also help me understand his perspective. This article hits closer to home because it is also a parent’s perspective. There is one commonality between all parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and that is, we will not rest and will continue to find anything that is available to help our children cope and live productive lives.
A mother and father sit alone in a crowded room. Their little boy sits by himself in a corner- he doesn’t laugh or talk or smile. The child simply rocks back and forth. The mother calls the boys name, but there is no response; there is not even a gesture towards her desperate whisper. The boy is autistic. His mother and father have been battling his lack of communication and motor functioning for years. Autism may seem like a condition in isolation, but people have come to believe that the prevalence of Asperger Syndrome has grown in recent years. In the United States, it is concluded that 1 in 252 girls and 1 in 54 boys are pronounced autistic (“What is Autism?”). Identified as a developmental brain disorder, autism affects approximately 1 in 110 children living in the United States (Aldridge). Children with autism have problems interacting socially with others, including lack of communication skills and deceased abilities to form emotions and relationships. According to the RSS Autistic Spectrum Disorder Foundation, these children lack the “spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interest, or achievements” with fellow peers (“How Your Child Can”). This increased impairment of mother skills causes children with autism to experience obsessive habits, decreased muscle coordination, and delayed speech and language development.
“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. “ (Autism Speaks, 2014) Autism affects many children. My niece at 3 years old was diagnosed with autism. She funtions quite well. She can communicate fully, unlike others, some may never be able to fully communicate verbally. Like most with my niece she has a routine and if anything major alters her routine it can cause a meltdown. With the proper coping methods autism can be managed with Special Education teachers and school psychologists.
Is there anybody in your family with autism? Almost every book or article is about how autism affects the person with the disorder but never the family around them. Being a parent or a child who has autism can be extremely difficult and change your whole life. Some parents view having a child with autism is a bad thing and would take away their autism if they could. Other parents think having their child be different is a good thing and would not take it away. I think that talking about the effects on the family is very important and should be discussed.
Many treatments have been suggested to parents for children with autism. An Internet survey was carried out and allocated to parents in order to classify the treatments applied by parents of children with autism. Almost all 108 of the 111 treatments recorded in the survey were used by at least one parent. An overall of 764 surveys were presented to the website throughout the 3-month data gathering tim...
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