April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness Month. Over the years there has been a lot of awareness about autism but I just want to point out certain things.
No two autistic people are the same. If you have seen one autistic person, you have seen one person. The behaviors, the ability, the interaction all are different.
Lot of autistic people have other co morbid issues. Co morbid issues means sensory processing disorder, seizures, anxiety, OCD, autoimmune conditions. I limit myself to my son’s issues but there may be more.
Every individual learns in his own way and at his own pace. The excellent part is my son who will be turning 25 is still learning.
Autism is not a childhood issue, children grow into adults and become part of community. Community participation is now a big part of my son’s life. I thank all the institutions that help me in integrating my son.
Kudos to all the parents who work very hard to help their child and hugs to all the siblings who are their best friends.