Friday, April 20, 2018

Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Its a wide range of conditions that are characterized by the challenges an individual faces with social skills including verbal and nonverbal communication.  To neurotypicals or "normal people" as society likes to call them, these tasks appear to be so simple, but to a person on the spectrum these skills are sometimes a luxury.

I am going to be completely honest.  I guess you could say I am a neurotypical, so I will never be able to fully understand what challenges someone with ASD has to deal with.  However, I do take a stand along side him or her.  I stand with those individuals in their mission of spreading awareness of this disorder so that one day everyone will see that those with ASD are not in any way, shape, or form inferior to what society deems as "normal" because in more ways than one, I believe they are superior.

Autism Spectrum Disorder behavior typically becomes more noticeable at ages 2-4.  The earlier signs can be any or all of the following:

  • By 6 months - No social smiles or other warm, joyful expressions are directed at people
  • By 6 months - Limited or no eye contact
  • By 9 months - No sharing or vocal sounds, smiles or other nonverbal communication
  • By 12 months - No babbling
  • By 12 months - No use of gestures to communicate
    • Examples including pointing, reaching, waving, etc.
  • By 12 months - No response to name when called
  • By 16 months - No words at all
  • By 24 months - No meaningful two-word phrases
  • Any loss of any previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills (Credit: Autism Speaks)

Although is it important to identify children on the spectrum as early as possible so that they can get the proper education they need, it is also crucial to be able to aware of the signs of ASD at any age.  Some of the most common signs include:

Avoids eye contact and prefers to be alone
Struggles with understanding other people's feelings
Remains nonverbal or has delayed language development
Repeats words or phrases over and over (Echolalia)
Gets upset by minor changes in routine or surroundings
Has highly restricted interests
Performs repetitive behaviors such as flapping, rocking, or spinning
Has unusual and often intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors


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Regardless of the signs that are witnessed or the age of the person, if he or she has not been identified as having ASD, a screening appointment needs to be scheduled as soon as possible.  I believe it is important to know the signs of Autism, so that we can better understand what those with ASD.

This is why I have become an advocate for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  I want to spread awareness and lend my voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.  These people are not stupid, idiotic, retarded, spastic, morons, etc. and they are most certainly not freaks regardless of what substandard neurotypicals say, because they are the ones who are the ignorant fools.  People on the spectrum are some of the purest souls that have ever graced this world with their presence.  In some smaller groups they are referred to as "Earthbound Angels".  This is because they are so pure at heart that there cannot be considered human.

With this being said, my lesson to those who do not know about Autism Spectrum Disorder is this: Just because you do not understand them, does not mean that they are abominations.  As a whole, everyone in the world should be grateful to those on the spectrum.  For without them, it would be a dark and dismal place.


Organizations such as Autism Speaks and Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) have helped thousands of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families for over a decade.  They are organizations that help provide resources such as therapy, housing, and employment assistance among many other things.  However, they are not able to continue all of the amazing work that they are accomplishing without YOUR help.  Below are links for Autism Speaks and ASAN for those who wish to take action and contribute to the important cause.  Both are trusted websites that I have personally donated to in the past.  Simply select the picture and it will redirect you to a donation page.  Every dollar counts.  Together we can help make a better life for those with ASD and their families.


       

Alexandrea
Alexandrea

Hey! I am Alexandrea. I am originally from North Carolina and I love all things bookish - reading and writing are what I do best so I hope you stick around to see all that my website has to offer!

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