DIFFERENT….NOT LESS

Autism doesn’t come with an instruction guide. It comes with a family who will never give up

Kerry Magro

My son at the age of two was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD.

What is Austism or ASD? According to https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability  that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.

A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.

Signs and Symptoms

People with ASD often have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASD also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and typically last throughout a person’s life.

Children or adults with ASD might:

  • not point at objects to show interest (for example, not point at an airplane flying over)
  • not look at objects when another person points at them
  • have trouble relating to others or not have an interest in other people at all
  • avoid eye contact and want to be alone
  • have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
  • prefer not to be held or cuddled, or might cuddle only when they want to
  • appear to be unaware when people talk to them, but respond to other sounds
  • be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them
  • repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of normal language
  • have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions
  • not play “pretend” games (for example, not pretend to “feed” a doll)
  • repeat actions over and over again
  • have trouble adapting when a routine changes
  • have unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel, or sound
  • lose skills they once had (for example, stop saying words they were using)

Autism is part of my child, it’s not everything he is. My child is so much more that a diagnosis

S.L. Coelho

It’s heartbreaking to see that my son has some of these symptoms. But at the end of the day, we just have to accept and all the things needed for him to survive and be functional. With the help of therapies (Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy) and special education classes, some of his skills are improving.

We have a long way to go, difficulties to face everyday and financial problems due to his needs may always arise but at the end of the day and in God’s time everything will be alright.

There is nothing to be ashamed of. Every child is a blessing.

-EVERYDAYPOWER

Written by

Cherry Rebullar-Peña

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