As a father of a son with autism, and a daughter soon to be assessed for possibly being on the spectrum, Autism Awareness day is a day that takes some importance on my calendar. Ever since I started this blog, I have tried to give as much insight to autism, and the challenges faced by parents of autistic children, as possible. The truth is there is still a lot to learn about autism. Autistic traits vary from child to child, and whilst there are some common traits amongst autistic children, there is such a variance and wide range on the autistic spectrum that it is entirely possible for two children with autism, who are both on the same point in the spectrum, to have completely different traits and difficulties.
The autism spectrum can range from low functioning to high functioning, however whilst that may seem a simple range, the truth is there is a pronounced difference between them. There can be two children with low functioning autism, one may be able to verbalise their needs, the other may be completely non-verbal. Each child in the aforementioned cases, could present two completely different challenges for the parents, despite both children falling under the low functioning range of the spectrum.
Autism Awareness day is a chance for us to share with the world the things we have learned from having children, or relatives or even being autistic ourselves, in the hope that we may be able to provide some understanding to a condition that many are aware about, but that few truly understand.
Previously in this blog I have written about autism in the hope to raise some awareness and on World Autism Awareness day, I wish to share with you all my experience, and indeed my own education into just what autism is. Below is a link to all the blogs that I have previously written about autism, and I hope it may raise awareness and understanding about Autism Spectrum Disorder.
If you require any further information, then please do visit http://www.autism.org.uk. Until next time,