Autism is Speaking…Are You Listening?

Autism Acronym

This month, April, is Autism Awareness Month. Did you know that?

Every day, I work with children. As they carry out the tasks and activities in our intervention sessions, I notice traits in some of them that are listed in the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

There’s Jay who gets very upset if I change the schedule for therapy, even just slightly. Don has to sit in the same seat every time, and keeps up a conversation whether you respond or not. Then I have Ray who speaks in a no-inflection monotone, through almost-clenched teeth.

Do you know someone who is autistic?

They usually have difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

Over two million people in the United States are autistic. On March 27, 2014, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they classify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a 30% increase since 2008.

Do you find that alarming?

The medical field tells us that there is no single cause for autism. They say that perhaps, heredity, genetics and medical problems may play a part in its occurrence. But all those millions of people who suffer with autism aren’t related. Neither do they all have medical problems.

Are we missing something here?

There must be a common factor, mustn’t there?

Here’s one man’s take on this bludgeoning problem.

Listen to and watch him, then leave a comment giving your opinion.

Florence is the mother of an amazing teenager; an educational consultant, author, speaker, speech-language pathologist, encourager and perpetual optimist. She shares tips, tools and resources with mothers (and other caregivers) of struggling and/or failing children. She is fiercely committed to helping them develop and enhance their children's foundational skills for learning, to grow them to success in school and life. A believer in the unique learning abilities of all children, she is an advocate for those who learn differently.

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4 thoughts on “Autism is Speaking…Are You Listening?

  1. I have a friend who runs an Autism charity in the UK. She started it because her son is autistic. She works tirelessly to bring autism into public view and to find ways to support families. From what I can see diet plays a role and her sons behaviour is so much better with his dietary changes. I am also working with a young man who is writing a book. I think it is a horrible label and each and every person is unique and deserves to be considered for who they are. I know it is hard work for the parents of autistic children, but I am sure together there must be a way. For me it starts with feeding the body and soul what it needs not the rubbish that is out there.

    • Yes, Jacqui, it’s a shame the way these children and ostracized and often thrown on the garbage heap of humanity. Many autistic children turn out to be uniquely talented and creative. I once heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Like you, I believe nutrition has quite a bit to do with children’s health and learning.