Understanding Autism.

Carol By Carol, 25th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I wish I could understand this complex condition, as my son suffers from it.

Understanding Autism

I wish I could, as my son is affected in this way. He cannot speak, and lives in sheltered accommodation with others like himself. I am able to see him regularly, as I have really missed him since he left home. I know that his future is secure, he has medication to help his medical problems, and he seems to be happy in his own way, but I can’t tell you how many times I have dreamed during my life, that he spoke to me, and called me Mum.

When he was a young child he used to sit on the floor and sob because he didn’t understand what life was all about, and it was heartbreaking, as I didn’t know how to help him. As a mother I can usually spot when something is wrong, but he could never tell me if he had a headache, or didn’t feel well. He couldn’t speak his mind, which we all like to do at times, all because he is locked in his own world, but not by choice.

But he has managed to rise above it. He is very good at putting his needs across, and I have learnt to understand them. If he wants food or drink, he leads me to it, or gets his shoes if he wants to go out. He points out what he likes, and if I don’t understand him he beats his chest in exasperation . If I do get it right, I am rewarded with a hug and one of his beautiful smiles, as believe it or not, as handicapped as he is, my son’s attitude to life is so positive, it makes me so proud of him.

If I look up autism, it is defined as” messages to the brain get confused,” how awful that must be, so how clever that he has learnt to survive in his own way.

Well done Phil, I love you to bits!

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Autism, Communication Problems

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author avatar Carol
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 drelayaraja
25th Jun 2010 (#)

very informative ;)

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author avatar C. Michael Davis
26th Jun 2010 (#)

Carol,
My heart reaches out to you. I am retired from teaching in the public school system. During that time I worked with special needs children. Over the couse of six years I worked with four different children with autism. We learned that there are several types of autism. Three of the children could speak and one, Nick could not speak. Nick touched me the deepest and he was the biggest challge. I will look up some research work I did during that time and post it. I may help in communicating with your child. Read Psalm 139 and remember that applies to autistic children as well. God bless you.
Michael

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author avatar Carol
26th Jun 2010 (#)

Michael thank you so much for your kind words. Anything new I can learn will be great.

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