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Jun 16, 2019

# Guest Post

Top Facts about Autism you Need to Know Right Now


*This is a guest post by Wrae Sanders. Make sure you go follow her social media and blog. Links will be down at the end of the post


Autism is on a full spectrum, not just a flat diagnosis. Those who have autism
have traits that vary from being non-verbal (not being able to speak) and
requiring total care (help with feeding, dressing, and other daily needs) to
living daily life like most others around them, just with a few "quirks".

I don't have autism.
My son does. He's 12 and is fully verbal. He has struggled with a meltdown,
social skills, and sensory issues over the years. Thanks to therapy and
medication (for ADHD, his other diagnosis) he is doing well.
I've worked with kids that do.
Once you meet a child (or adult) with autism, it will change you.

What if I don't know a lot about autism?

There's a lot to know about autism and I still have a lot to learn. This is okay.
What's not okay, however, is shaming someone for having autism and/or their
behaviors. They literally cannot help it. This happens more than we realize.


There are basic facts to learn that can go a long way.


1.Autism is not caused by vaccines. Lots of people still believe this one. The
study that stated so has been debunked and the doctor who led the
study lost his medical license. Autism is an organic brain disorder. This
means that while in the womb, changes occur in a child's brain that
cause autism. There is currently no way to change this, but your child
can receive help starting at a very early age.


2. If a child is non-verbal, it does not mean they can't express themselves or
read how you feel. Kids are smart, and these kids are brilliant. Just because they can't speak doesn't mean they don't know what's going on around them. I learned this first hand while working at a mental health
facility. There are two units dedicated to kids with autism, and many of
them were non-verbal, requiring total care. The kids could tell who loved working with them and who didn't. They absorb emotions like the rest of us. One girl would grin and squeeze arms as a way of communication


3. It's important to have both parents/caregivers on the same page about a
child's care. Once a child is diagnosed with autism, both parents/ caregivers need to take time to process. It's a life-changer.

Some go into denial, some feel relief. Everyone feels differently. The
problems begin when the adults involved disagree on the child's care or
how to handle things. My son's diagnosis almost ruined my marriage. I
was close to filing for a divorce in 2013, but my husband finally
understood the need to engage with our son and help me deal.


4. Once you're inside the world of a child with autism, cherish it. Many kids
on the spectrum, my son included, don't enjoy small talk and have a
hard time making friends. It takes work and patience to get inside their
world- learn about their interests, go at their pace getting to know them.
You'll know when they are done talking.

  
5. Be ready for surprises. My son has been full of these. Many people think
that people with autism don't have emotions. They do- sometimes they
don't show them well, which we misinterpret. Empathy can be a difficult
lesson to teach (it has been at my house), so look for opportunities
when possible. Ask "what would you do" questions.


These tips are meant to get you started in the world of a child on the
spectrum. There's so much more to see and learn.


Resources:



Wrae Sanders 
Blogger, Copy Writer and Editor 
ShortstackBlogs 
Facebook: Facebook.com/WraeMeredithBlogs 
Instagram: @shortstackblogs 





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