Benefits of Autism
People need to stop thinking that Autism is a flaw and needs to be corrected.
Autism is not taken as a blessing but instead viewed as a hardship. A popular misconception is that if people with autism have prodigious skills, these skills are often considered impractical and serve no value when it comes to improving their worth or intellect.
Autistic people might seem ordinary or disabled at first glance, but they’re gifted in ways you never imagined.
Educators should focus more on harnessing their strengths rather than focusing on their weaknesses.
What are the benefits of autism?
Their brains are better at understanding patterns or numbers.
It only processes the information they like while disregarding social or verbal cues. It concentrates more resources on analyzing visual patterns and lesser on planning and impulse control.
They’re 40% faster at problem-solving and processing complex patterns than non-autistic people.
What they lack in social and communication skills, they make up for it in doing technical or visual tasks. They possess excellent memories like remembering events or details that many of the neurotypical people don’t have.
They’re more creative when it comes to thinking and analyzing than ordinary people.
They always think differently and go straight to the complicated stuff. Their “think outside the box" kind of mentality can lead to brilliant ideas that have a significant impact. Think of Steve Jobs and how he was responsible for introducing revolutionary products like the iPod and the iPhone.
The qualities that most people with autism possess
The keen eye for the details
They just love focusing on the smallest details where ordinary people dismiss it as nitpicking or failing to see the big picture.
Experts in their fields of interest
They never get tired thinking and learning about the thing they love doing. Their intense focus borders on obsession that’s why it only takes them a relatively short time to master their field of interest.
Offers a different perspective
They process information differently than neurotypical persons and say what’s on their mind without regards for people’s feelings. That’s what makes them unique and valuable to any group or business organization.
Teach other people to become better persons
Understanding their way of thinking requires one to persevere and go out of their way most of the time. You will acquire habits or ideas that make you a wiser and better person in the end because of their unique personality.
Sticks to a routine
You can rely on them to do the same things they love doing without fail. They won’t deviate from any procedures because it leads to the unknown which they hate or fear.
Direct and candid
They say what’s on their minds and mean every word they say even if they can be blunt at times. There’s no beating around the bush to push their hidden agenda. No matter how you look at it, honesty is a virtue, and it’s a rarity in today’s times.
Rely on the facts
They’re highly logical and think of solutions based on the facts and not on what might be.
Doesn’t hold grudges
Their difficulty in interpreting emotions can also have a positive side. It means they easily forgive any wrongdoings done to them and move on with their lives.
How about those people or children who have severe autism?
Severe or low-functioning autism has the following symptoms:
Impaired social interaction
They’re unable to comprehend the right emotional response during appropriate times. They will cry during light-hearted moments or laugh during stressful situations. In some cases, they may smile or not at all. They’re uncooperative, aggressive, or passive towards their playmates or other people.
They fail to follow the rules of the game when they’re included or allowed to play. They don’t like engaging in creative activities like storytelling or role-playing.
Never acknowledges the presence of other people like parents, caregivers, etc.
Takes a long time to respond or does not acknowledge at all when called or spoken to by their parents or caregivers. They may either appear aloof or angry and avoids eye-contact when their parents or caregivers talk to them. Their face has a blank expression even when they are scolded or are in pain.
Difficulties in communicating
Struggles to develop the language skills appropriate for their age. Speaks only a word or two when making a request or labeling an item. Some continue to experience speech delays or lose the language skills they have learned previously. They struggle to understand the meaning of idioms because their brains interpret it literally.
Shows signs of obsessive-compulsive behavior and anxiety
Spends most of their playtime lining up their toys or arranging things. They’re unable to contextualize the purpose of their toy and use them for what they were intended for. They may exhibit behaviors that cause injury to one’s self like banging their heads on the wall.
Sensory processing disorders
Appears stressed out when touched, cuddled, or held. Some are clumsy and have uncoordinated physical movements.
What can I do to help my child’s condition improve?
Seek professional help
You cannot do this on your own. You need to have the right team of medical professionals (pediatrician, occupational therapist, speech therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, recreational therapist, autism behavioral therapist) to help you around and monitor your child’s progress.
Childproof your home
Make the necessary changes to your home to make it safer for the member of your family with severe autism. Keep harmful objects or toxic items out of their reach and add cushions to sharp corners or foam padding on walls.
Get them educated
It will allow them to have a functional life despite their handicap. A specialized school has a team of professionals that will form a plan to help your child get the education that they need.
Reach out to other families with the same situation as you are for support. You can share tips or solutions to help each other deal with the everyday issues. Learn from other people’s experiences or practical skills and share what you know as well. Celebrate success and help each other during stressful moments.