Understanding autism


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http://www.fridayschildmontessori.com/blog/understanding-autism/ Children with autism need a lot of help but Montessori education suits them very well. Pet therapy can also be used to help. Children with autism can grow up into people who fit well into society and suit jobs with animals, factory work, work with computers and scientific laboratory work.

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Understanding autism

  1. 1. Understanding Autism
  2. 2. About ten to fifteen years ago, more orless, a number of parents were worried about allowing their children to be vaccinated with the combination rubella–mumps–measles jab because a scientific paper had been published that claimed that this vaccine could trigger autism.
  3. 3. This paper was later proven to be completely wrong and the doctor who wrote it was found guilty ofscientific misconduct and stricken from the register.
  4. 4. However, this controversy did bringautism in children into the spotlight.
  5. 5. Autism can best be described as a very mild mental disorder.
  6. 6. Nobody knows quite what causes it,although it does tend to run in families,so genetic factors could contribute to it.
  7. 7. A person with autism tends to have a few problems communicating with others and with social interactions.
  8. 8. It can’t be cured, but with the right help, people with autism can do just as well as everybody else. There are degrees of autism, with some children having it “worse” than others.
  9. 9. Early diagnosis is the key for autism so your child can get the right help and support so they can developinto the person they’re supposed to be.
  10. 10. Most children with the condition showsigns of it by the time they’re toddlers, and the signs can be picked up by parents and by caregivers and early childhood teachers.
  11. 11. It can be upsetting to have your childdiagnosed with autism, but please be reassured that it’s not your fault and your child can have a normal life.
  12. 12. One of the tell-tale signs that a childhas autism is that they are a bit slow to learn to talk. Most children aretalking at about two years old, even ifall that they can say at this stage is a few simple words.
  13. 13. If your child is not beginning to talk at about this stage, it’s a good idea to have a talk to your doctor.
  14. 14. Autism may not be the reason behind this language learning difficulty, butdelayed language development is a sign that all is not well.
  15. 15. Children with autism also don’t tend torespond to you when you talk to them or call their name.
  16. 16. This could also be caused by hearing problems, so if your child regularlyfails to respond to you speaking tothem or calling their name, it’s time to head down to the doctor again.
  17. 17. Of course, all children fail to respond tobeing called now and again, particularly if they’re absorbed in a task!
  18. 18. Another tell-tale sign of autism is that the child is unwilling to make eye contact with people.
  19. 19. Other signs can include an insistence on routines and a fear of change, repetitive movements such as hand flapping, and unusual sensitivity tosensory stimuli such as certain colours, sounds or textures.
  20. 20. They can also be very obsessive.People with autism also find it hard toempathise with others and understand how they’re feeling.
  21. 21. They also get very frustrated easily, especially if faced with change or adeviation from their routine, which can lead to aggression
  22. 22. Although we don’t know for certain, the following famous people are allsuspected to have been autistic tosome degree: Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh and plenty of others.
  23. 23. This is brought to you byGold Coast Montessori Preschool
  24. 24. www.fridayschildmontessori.com