Did you know that April is Autism Awareness month? Today I watched a video on it. I will give you my thoughts in today’s blog. Here is the video http://kdvr.com. (You will need to type Autism Awareness in the search box).
Here is a fact, 1 in 68 kids have Autism. There are 5 different types of Autism: Asperger Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and classical Autism. One of the challenges is not socializing with other kids. Some have trouble pronouncing their words. One child on the video was a child who had trouble learning sign language. He had to learn sign language because he had a hearing impairment. To get around that problem, they use something called a touch talker or iPad to communicate with their peers.
You might be wondering what some of my thoughts on the video are. I thought the video had a lot of information that the public needs to know. They presented the facts very well in this video and will open up your eyes to very important information that you may not have known before watching the video. The video could have given more information than they did. They could have stated how many people are diagnosed with Autism. Families can go to different places to get help and guidance like the Mountain View Research Center for Autism. I hope that someday they will find a cure for Autism. Do not underestimate kids with Autism even though they have difficulties in their everyday life. Many kids with Autism find a way to overcome their challenges with the help of others. Some of the facts in this video might make you feel a little sad, maybe even angry or confused. However, if we don’t know about this disability, we won’t be able to do anything to help those people that live with it.
That’s about it. I hope this blog gave you some insight into some of the difficulties that people with Autism endure. Just remember, never judge a book by its cover. Even though people with Autism may function differently, they are just trying to be friendly and fit in. See you next week.