December 19, 2009 by Beverly Masters
As a mother of a son with Autism it is my goal to learn and try to understand as much as I can. Managing this process needs careful consideration and awareness of what is working and what is not needs to be captured. We as parents, family or friends need to become some level of an ‘Autism Expert’ because the spectrum is so vast and help so expensive and always evolving.
I’ve discovered people who have Autism also have something so very special, they have many talents to discover, the more parents share stories the more we learn about how broad the spectrum of Autism is.
If it’s true that every working hour another child is diagnosed with autism than now more than ever we need to find a better way to cope with the growing number of cases. The proper facilities and teachers to advance learning for these children is essential, starting from the moment the Autism is detected!
To better understand their world of various distractions and difficulties with socialization and comprehension, yet when you get to briefly know each scope of the child on the spectrum and see, even if only once in a while the glimmer of light and happiness, innocence and intellect shines through and…what a cool world it is!
Not all that long ago, about 20 years ago autism was a rare occurrence, as few as 1 in 10,000 people in the US. 4 years ago the studies were about 1 in 150 kids age 10 and younger…today they are saying it could be more like 1 in 68! In Australia it’s estimated one in 100 people have an ASD; that’s almost 230,000 Australians…yet 4 years ago it was noted there were 130,000 Australians of all ages!
Autism is on the rise and although the increase of awareness is wonderful we really need to make some serious changes to the schooling system, with a major focus on High School. Our teenagers deserve to thrive in their chosen area and deserve the help they need to set them up to succeed.
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