Autism is a lifelong condition that is characterized by differences in behavior, social interaction, communication, special interests and sensory processing. This article explains specific behaviors shown by people on the Autistic spectrum, how they interact in a social sense, how they communicate with other people and the neurological side of Autism. It also advises people in the diagnosis and how to give an autistic person the best life possible. Through indulging through the text, I gained better knowledge about how Autistic people survive, how common autism is, and how vital it is to understand ways we can better their chances of success through gaining a better understanding about this certain group of society. This is can be seen in the text of the curious dog in the night time in scenarios such as when Christopher can be seen to communicate and see the world differently opposed to a normal person would for instance when he can be described in the text as being very literal and socially awkward and people in the story such as his neighbours are shown to be less understanding or knowledgeable about Christopher condition.
This video explains that Autism is a brain-based condition in which someone is born with. It can affect their social skills, social development, and causes repetitive behaviors. Autistic people are based on a spectrum based ranging from Low functioning to high functioning. What I've learned is that Aspergers, for example, is an outdated term referring to people with high functioning Autism. Another thing that I have learned is that Autistic people can be seen to have issues with their regulation of behavior, for example, temper tantrums. -How it connects to the book
To summarize the video, one could see that Autistic have a different and unique view of the world. Autism is an internal difference which means that you can't always see the struggles they face, however, sometimes you can. Their brains function differently as they experience what we would call a "normal situation" differently, such as walking in the street. This is due to the brain receiving multiple signals at the same time. We can help Autistic people through patient and understanding acts. This video taught me that although Autism is not a physical appearance, but rather an internal, neurological disability. This disability can affect the way they socialize and see the world. The world can be a very overwhelming place for them. This is further explained by how a person with Autism sees and hears all at once and thus does not know what is more important than the other. This creates a build-up stress within and leads to common outbursts such as fits and tantrums. -How it connects to the book
This article informs people that there has been a change in systems regarding the diagnosis of Autism. Previously, there were three separate names for autism spectrum disorder, (Autistic Disorder, Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS). Now there is just one, autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Today people are given a severity rating and are placed on the spectrum. The diagnosis is purely observational as psychologists study their communication, social skills, and repetitive behaviors. What I have gathered from the text is that diagnosis its self-hasn't changed, but rather the systems of diagnosis have changed and how it explained to the public is also is also different to how it once was. Furthermore, people who were diagnosed under the categories of the old system, are still considered to be Autistic. -How it connects to the book
This video focuses on how to cope with grief and loss in life. Although it might not specifically mention Autism, there can be many ways and coping strategies in which an Autistic person could benefit from the film. grief and pain can be comforted by talking to people, sharing your emotions with people, and acknowledging that the pain is there. This is not only applicable to Autistic people themselves, but also to people who are surrounded by people with Autism such as friends, teachers, and family. People need to go on the cycle of grief and pain with other people in an open environment and discuss the way they feel. What I have learned from the video is that the best way to get rid of grief in life is to not be scared to let someone know how you feel. Another point that I realized is that these policies can apply to not only autistic people, but to friends and family as well. -How it connects to the book
This article highlights how living with Autism has many positive elements. Often Autistic people can between seen to excel in certain areas. These gifts can be seen to be, mathematically, creatively, and visually. Often in the workplace, Autistic people who lack social abilities can work to their benefit as they are more focused and productive and hence leads to a more desirable aspect of the employment of people with Autism. Autistic people often are seen to have a different view of the world. This assists them to become revolutionary as they have a different approach to the world as we know it. Autistic people can appreciate tolerance for others and gratitude for other and what the have in life. From the text, I have learned that people who have Autism have a different way of life. This can be seen by the way they see the world and other things that we cannot. this makes them a very important asset to the workplace and studies and although all may not possess such a gift, the one that does should be nurtured and treated with respect. -How it connects to the book
The video is an informational documentary on how to bring up an Autistic child. It provides 12 simple steps which help parents make their child with Autisms life as easy as possible. Some key ideas from the steps relate to starting speech therapy, a gluten-free diet, and therapy to improve life skills. Raising an Autistic child requires a lot of care and dedication and results can be rewarding. The video informed me that Autistic children require special needs in order to maximize their chances of success in life. The point made that Autistic kids need a gluten free and dairy diet was a very interesting fact pointed out. This was said to be because the gluten and dairy slowed down their digestive tracks. -How it connects to the book
This article discusses how bullying can take place towards an Autistic person. The text demonstrates how to define bullying as well as creating awareness over the behavior of bullying. The source shows different categories on how to be more helpful in a situation of this sort by listing key points to look out for when an Autistic person is being targeted, for example, CODE OF CONDUCT: Take time to understand the school (or club) code of conduct and approach to bullying). TEAM APPROACH: Develop a plan within a team to reduce bullying. Support the young person to learn social skills. BUDDY UP: Provide the young person with a buddy who can give support and assistance). What I learned from this article was that people who have autism cannot realize when they are being bullied. This made it very clear that people that are able to recognize this kind of acts should act and prevent it from happening or continuing. The final thing that I found interesting was that different autistic people will react differently to bullying, for example, they might show physical signs such as unexplained bruises, scratches, and other bodily harm. Another can be seen to be emotional such as non-specific pains, headaches, abdominal pains, an increase in anxiety, and an increase in anger.