Piece By Piece By: Carlie Chaney, Savannah Green& Alice Walls
One man is deaf; another is blindNo one alike in the race of mankindNot one should we judge, whether they are wrong or theyre rightWhats going on may not be what we thought at first sightLook here at this boy, what a sweet little grin.Hell push and hell pull and will wear someone thinThen an angel shines through with a hug and a smileKnowing Eric this way makes it all worth the whileHes loving and sweet, kind, funny and smart.Look past autism, and see a kid full of heartWritten by: Lori Schiavone, Our Guardian Angel
Autism is a disorder that causes impaired thinking, social functioning, and feeling.
It appears during the first three years of life.
It impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.
People with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.In some cases, aggressive and/or self-injurious behaviors might be present.There are no medical tests that can be used to diagnose autism.
Autism Statistics 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls.
Research shows that 50% of children diagnosed with autism will remain mute throughout their lives.
Approximately 10% of autistic individuals have savant abilities(special abilities in some areas).
Symptoms of Children With AutismChildren with Autism:Avoid eye contact Act as if deaf They develop language, then abruptly stop talking. Fail to use spoken language, without using gesturesWhen speaking, use visual language
Symptoms Cont.Act as if unaware of the coming and going of othersFail to seek comfortFail to develop relationships with peers Have problems seeing things from another persons perspective, leaving the child unable to predict or understand other peoples actions
Symptoms Cont.Remain fixated on a single item or activityShow no sensitivity to burns or bruises Is intensely preoccupied with a single subject, activity or gesture Show distress over change Insist on routine or rituals with no purpose Lack fear
Exploration of Environment
What Causes Autism?A specific cause is not known, but current research links autism to biological and neurological differences in the brain.
By examining the inheritance of the disorder, researchers have shown that autism does run in families, but not in a clear-cut way.
Siblings of people with autism have a 3 to 8 percent chance of being diagnosed with the same disorder.
Teaching Tips for Children with AutismUse visualsAvoid long strings of verbal instructionUse childs fixations to motivate school workProtect child from sounds that hurt his/her earsTeach with tactile learning materials (e.g., sandpaper alphabet)Use printed words and pictures on a flashcard
Parenting Seek assistance of other parentsTake it one day at a timeGet involved with a support groupSeek informationMaintain a positive outlook Keep daily routines as normal as possible
Respect peoples differences. Never make fun of a person for being different or doing different things. They could have a condition you arent aware of!
*Spectrum disorder the symptoms and characteristics of autism can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations, from mild to severe.*The statistics are stated differently in many different articles: 2-6 in 1000; 16 of every 10,000, but it generally works out the same as above.*