We recently did an information session and were asked a question about “tolerance”… here are some of our thoughts on the topic.
With autism on the rise (now 1 in every 50 children diagnosed) I feel it is important to help educate people about autism.
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is also a spectrum disorder so the symptoms of autism can range from mild to severe. Because autism affects a child’s ability to communicate effectively, a child may engage in “meltdowns” as a way to communicate with others. Children with autism may sometimes seem “withdrawn” from others or have a difficult time tolerating loud noises.
You may be in a grocery store and see a child crying in the aisle for a toy or eating in a restaurant and see a child covering his ears because the noise is too loud.
If you happen to be somewhere in the community and see something like this, please keep in mind the child is not being “naughty” and his or her parents are NOT bad parents or have poor parenting skills. The child may, in fact, have autism and struggling to cope with his or her environment.
Having a child with autism can be challenging at times. However, each child with autism is also incredibly special and unique! Remember, there is nothing “wrong” with a child with autism. A child with autism is just different….and there is nothing wrong with being different….because being different can actually be a good thing! So please help support children and families touched by autism and help spread the word about autism awareness!