Autism Information

Last week, my friend and colleague, Janet, shared some great insight and aAutism Information lot of information about having a son with autism and about autism in general.  This week, she has more important information for teachers and parents alike.  I’ll be putting all this information in the website under the “For Parents” and “For Teachers” tabs, along with some wonderful resources that Janet has gathered throughout her son’s life.

People with an ASD often have one or more of the following co-morbid conditions or symptoms of these conditions as well:

  • SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder)
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Anxiety disorders (OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, etc.)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalcula
  • Hyperlexia
  • Hypotonia
  • Synaethesia
  • Alexithymia
  • Apraxia
  • Echololia
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Nenverbal Learnind Disorder
  • Mitochondral Disease
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Sleep Disturbance / Insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal Disorder / Chrnic Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Celiac Disease
  • Food / Enironmental Allergies
  • Strabismus

Everyone is different! Whether someone has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), another disorder, or no disorder, we are all unique. We look differently. We act differently. We think differently. We have different likes and dislikes. The world would be a boring place if we were all the same.

How can you help?

  • Be aware that those who seem “different”  might have an ASD (many are even undiagnosed)
  • Be accepting of differences (remember not everything has to be done our way)
  • Be patient with them (yes, I know this is asking a lot)
  • Be understanding (try to put yourself in their positions)
  • Be supportive of their efforts and encourage them to achieve academically and socially, while at the same time understanding their limitations
  • Be kind and respectful to all (you never know who may have this, or some other, disability, what they deal with at home, or what kind of a day they are having…a little kindness goes a long way!)
  • Reach out to those who don’t seem to fit in, include those who are different, and encourage others to do so also
  • Understand that they want to make friends and be good friends to others
  • Explain things in another way if they don’t seem to get it
  • Talk to people more literally if they seem to have an ASD (say exactly what you mean)
  • Tell them, in a respectful way, if they’ve done or said anything to upset or offend you (be specific and clear), they might not realize it
  • When you feel the need to discipline a child that you don’t know or make a comment to a parent you don’t know, remember  that it can be done with kindness, respect, and concern for the child.  Asking questions is much more welcomed than parenting advice or scolding children (they may have an ASD which could explain the meltdowns due to their senses being overwhelmed in different or stressful situations)
  • Be sensitive to their reactions and realize there might be a reason why they respond the way they do

I want to thank Janet for her valuable insight and information.  Even though many of the co-morbid conditions or symptoms of these conditions may sound overwhelmingly ‘clinical;’ many can be found and further explained (along with other related information) in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-5).  If you don’t find the information you are looking for in the DSM-5, please consult with your physician and/or go to the “For Parents” and “For Teachers” tabs of this website to view the links that Janet has graciously shared with me.  Give me about four or five days to get them up.  In the meantime, here is Janet’s website: http://asdawareness.weebly.com/

Next week, I’ll be sharing a story of when I was 5 years old and would have to sit at the Sunday dinner table until “you eat everything on your plate.”  Does that sound familiar to anyone?

Be kinder than necessary, be grateful, and create a peace-filled,

Ms. Brown

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