Through the past five or so months, I have made great friends and run into phenomenal resources about autism. Lost and Tired is one of those resources and I want to share what it’s author had to say the other day in his own personal post. The authors name is Rob Gorski. He is a husband and a father trying to spread autism awareness and trump the misconceptions surrounding autism. He has three sons, all of whom are on the autism spectrum. Read his words below and you will know why I consider his thoughts and ideas as phenomenal resources.
1) Autism is not like you see on TV. Don’t think you know about Autism because you’ve seen Rain Man.
2) Every person with Autism, is as unique and beautiful as a winters snowflake. Different symptoms, personalities, likes, dislikes, hopes, fears, dreams, strengths and weaknesses. Please don’t generalize them.
3)The Autistic children of today are the Autistic adults of tomorrow. Autism doesn’t go away on their 18th birthday.
4) An Autism related meltdown is most often a sign that the person is in extreme distress and is not necessarily a discipline issue or a sign of bad parenting.
5) Never assume that just because a person with Autism can’t talk, they can’t hear you. Your words can and will hurt, so please be kind.
6) Not every person with Autism is a savant. This is a stereotype and in fact, quite rare.
7) People with Autism are very, very intelligent. If they have a problem learning, perhaps it’s the way you’re teaching.
8) A leading cause of death in children withAutism is drowning. Please be aware of this, especially if you live near a body of water, of any size.
9) Simply because a person with Autism can have difficulty showing emotion, doesn’t mean they don’t experience it.
10) Every families experience with Autism, can and will, quite often be different. Some experience struggle and others, not so much. Never assume that one families experience withAutism, mirrors that of another families.
Today is the sixth annual Autism Awareness Day. I am celebrating this day by sharing this message with you. The hope of this message is to show others at least one look, an accurate look, into the world of autism. I stand firm in the belief that the more we know the better off we will be. This is true for all individuals. Please share this with your friends, families, and Facebook. Help others come to know and understamd autism better. We will all be better for it.