A little about the Brain that Sings

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April has been designated as Autism Awareness month. This is a huge step forward in the recognition of autism, and the effect it has on sufferers, and those around them. In the Middle East, there is a feeling of shame about this condition, and this needs to be addressed. Read on to find out how you can help.

A Little about the Brain that Sings

Autism is a complex condition, in simple terms it is defined as " Messages to the brain are confused." Some autistic people are never able to speak, and those that do often have trouble communicating their needs to others. The world can be a terrifying place to them, not only do they not always understand it, they are also unable to express themselves in the way they want to, so they find comfort and security by withdrawing into their own world, a world which feels safe to them

Many autistic people are of average intelligence, some are even very gifted, especially at Maths and Music. With the right teaching they can go on to achieve much in life, they need support and understanding, because what appears to some people as bad behaviour is often frustration that they cannot communicate their needs.

One thing that autistic people really respond to is music, it is something they can really enjoy, and it enriches their lives. My own son is an example of that, he particularly likes lively music with a beat, and he loves to dance to it in his inimitable way too.
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May I introduce Amal Al-Agroobi ?

Amal Al-Agroobi is a neuroscientist, who has swapped this role for one of a film maker. Her documentary entitled THE BRAIN THAT SINGS follows the journey of two boys over a period of three months through music therapy.

Kalifa is six years old, and he has a bubbly personality, but is trying to come to terms with the death of his father. Mohammed has been expelled from school, and he vents his anger on his family, who are confused by his behaviour, and unable to help him. Many people with autism are labelled as badly behaved when they are unable to communicate satisfactorily, so is it any wonder they retreat into their own world, which they feel safe in ,as ours is so bewildering.?

Ms Agroobi has another reason for making this film, the very first one of its kind. Although other countries are now embracing autism, and doing their utmost to support people with this condition, this is not the case in the United Arab Emirates, Sadly many Middle East families feel shame if their child has a disability, and want to hide them away.

What a tragedy for a child born with autism through no fault of their own, that their parents cannot support them , they have a stigma they don't deserve, and this film aims to open the minds of families to the fact that if their child has autism , it is not a condition to be ashamed of. This goes for all disabilities, people with challenges need the love and support of their families to cope in life.

How can we help?

This film project managed to obtain 50% of its funding, some $225 , but the total now needed is another $275. If they don't make up the decifit by 2nd May, the film cannot happen. Just think of all the work and fund raising that has gone on, such special people who dedicate their time and efforts to help others less fortunate than themselves.

I know that the recession has affected people all over the world, we all have to tighten our belts a bit more these days. I also know there are some kind hearted and generous people out there. If we can donate something no matter how small, it can really make a difference to whether this film happens, and we can't let all that good work go to waste. We can help raise awareness of Autism in the Middle East,.
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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
26th Apr 2013 (#)

most interesting this...dear Lady..my nephew was thought to be autistic and he has already designed two apps for apple so so much for criticism of this so called dis-ease...for me it is those who see life differently to what so called Normal people see (and I find those mainly obtuse and ignorant) and often have a higher range of intelligence...

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author avatar Carol
26th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you cnwriter, I totally agree!

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author avatar Mariah
26th Apr 2013 (#)

Very good article carol.
I was just Taking to a friend the other day about this subject
She works on a one to one basis with an autistic child and she spoke of the affection she know receives from him after many months of hard work and commitment of
Reaching into his world
Aautism is a condition that most of us have limited knowledge of.
Thank you for this share carol

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
26th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you for your dedication and tireless work to inform others of the needs of those who live and work with those who are Autistic .
God bless you Carol
Stella >I<

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author avatar Carol
26th Apr 2013 (#)

Bless you Stella, it's my pleasure!

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author avatar Carol
26th Apr 2013 (#)

That is interesting to me Mariah, having brought up my own autistic son, and that is why I wrote a book about our experiences. Tell your friend from me, she is doing a very dedicated job, and will help this child no end!

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
26th Apr 2013 (#)

We need to extend our hands to the people in need.. Thank you for your kind feelings Carol.

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author avatar Carol
26th Apr 2013 (#)

Bless you Rezaul, I hope they can reach their target

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author avatar LOVERME
26th Apr 2013 (#)

two of my
very high IQ friends... couples ...
had autistic kids
one each
both died at 17..
God saved them misery

another one is semi -still
the third one ....
but by training he lives on still

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author avatar Carol
26th Apr 2013 (#)

If they get the help they need, their lives need not be miserable. This is what the fim is trying to say. Thank you loverme for reading.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Apr 2013 (#)

The more we become aware of such souls in our midst the more we should reach out to them as they are also part and parcel of our society. They have different needs and also differently gifted. Thanks Carol for your tireless effort to bring out the truth. May God bless you - siva

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author avatar Carol
27th Apr 2013 (#)

Oh bless you siva, thanks for reading.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Apr 2013 (#)

Bless you my friend for writing this. I pray that the day will come when no one is ashamed of any child that is different. We don't know the reason that many act as they do and people are not good and bad but just different. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol
28th Apr 2013 (#)

Very truly spoke Kingwell, thanks for reading!

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author avatar Songbird B
28th Apr 2013 (#)

Such an informative article Carol, and a great Star page too. Autistic awareness is so important..I hope he receives the extra funding he needs to get this film off the ground..\0/x

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author avatar Carol
28th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks so much Bev, they are now $40 dollars short.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
28th Apr 2013 (#)

Compassionate article,thankyou Carol.

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author avatar Carol
28th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you CD Moore.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
29th Apr 2013 (#)

a heartfelt article. beautiful and giving...thank you Carol...

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author avatar Carol
29th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks so much Delicia

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author avatar Retired
4th May 2013 (#)

Outstanding page, dear, and a super title (drew me in). Very well written and presented--exploring an important issue.

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author avatar Carol
4th May 2013 (#)

Bless you rama, they have now reached their target too. I am pleased.

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author avatar Grumpybear
14th Jul 2013 (#)

If there were more people as understanding as you in the world, it would be a better place. :)

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author avatar Carol
14th Jul 2013 (#)

Oh bless you Grumpy bear, I just try to help!

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