Update: I keep getting requests to share this list. Everything I write is meant to be shared. All ask is that you provide proper credit. I would be honored for anyone to share my work. Thank you. 🙂
I’m a fan of lists. I think that lists can make things much easier to understand and remember. My latest list is another in my 10 Things series. My original 10 Things list, 10 Things My Autistic Kids Wished You Knew, has garnered thousands and thousands of Likes.
While this list is far from a complete guide to understanding Autism, I do believe that it raises some very key points and will hopefully aide the general public in a better understanding of what Autism can truly be like.
10 Things You Should Know About Autism
1) Autism is not like you see on TV. Don’t think you know about Autism because you’ve seen Rain Man.
2) Every person with Autism, is as unique and beautiful as a winters snowflake. Different symptoms, personalities, likes, dislikes, hopes, fears, dreams, strengths and weaknesses. Please don’t generalize them.
3)The Autistic children of today are the Autistic adults of tomorrow. Autism doesn’t go away on their 18th birthday.
4) An Autism related meltdown is most often a sign that the person is in extreme distress and is not necessarily a discipline issue or a sign of bad parenting.
5) Never assume that just because a person with Autism can’t talk, they can’t hear you. Your words can and will hurt, so please be kind.
6) Not every person with Autism is a savant. This is a stereotype and in fact, quite rare.
7) People with Autism are very, very intelligent. If they have a problem learning, perhaps it’s the way you’re teaching.
8) A leading cause of death in children with Autism is drowning. Please be aware of this, especially if you live near a body of water, of any size.
9) Simply because a person with Autism can have difficulty showing emotion, doesn’t mean they don’t experience it.
10) Every families experience with Autism, can and will, quite often be different. Some experience struggle and others, not so much. Never assume that one families experience with Autism, mirrors that of another families.
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