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Autism- My World

Autism is a disability with no cure. You are born with it, and you can not catch Autism from someone. Autism can affect people in many ways. Today you will find out about Autism and how to make friends with children with Autism
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Amanda Gillette

on 3 April 2012

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Autism Affects people in different ways: *You are born with it. There is no cure Autism Videos I hope these videos inspire YOU to make a difference Autism Speaks Go to http://www.autismspeaks.org right now to learn more about Austism Speaks. Senses Conversation
(Talking) Touch See Hear An Austsitic child has very different senses from ours. For some kids, if you touch them, itt feells like you are jabbing a stick into them. For others, loud noises such as ambulances and screaming are magnified. Most Autistic children, when they hear these noises, will cover their ears and and howl, trying to drown out the ear-splitting noise. I hope these videos inspire YOU to make a difference What is Autism? The Basics- Other Signs- *Prefer to be independent instead of being with others.
*Autism is a complex neurological disorder that affects individuals in the areas of social interaction and communication. This basically means that Autism is a complicated disorder of the brain that affects the way kids interact and communicate with others. *It is hard for a child with Autism to express themselves using words, so instead they use sounds. Some may even use communication boards, with pictures such as a hamburger, a cup, a bed, etc. You can tell a child has Autism by these signs: *Unresponsive to people *Often avoid eye contact *Focus on one item for long periods of time *Fail to respond to their names *Have difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling because they can’t understand tones of voice or facial expressions * Often rock, twirl, or spin *Start speaking much later than other children *May refer to themselves by their name instead of “I” or “me.” For example, Courtney may say "Courtney want to go to the park!" instead of "I want to go to the park!" *You cannot catch Autism from someone like you can catch a cold from a sick person. Early Signs of Autism- Later Signs of Autism- *No babbling or pointing
*No single words or two-word phrases
*No response to name
*No eye contact
*Lining up of toys *Have trouble making friends and making conversation
*Don't know how to imagine or play
*Repetitive/Restricted patterns of interest Also Note- Many children with Autism have sensitive skin. If you tap them on their shoulder or even lightly touch them, they will cry out. This is because to children with Autism, it feels like you are giving them a strong pinch. Autism in My Life Autism means so much to me because... My brother, William, has Autsim. Children with Autism are also have sensitive hearing. They hear noises louder than they really are, such as birds and cars. They can even hear the slightest, tiniest, quietest noise. So when they hear a very loud noise, such as a fire truck, it is magnified until it becomes very hurtful to them. Children with Autism normally cover their ears to block out the ear-splitting sound. Another thing they may do is make a louder noise, such as screaming, so that the first noise doesn't seem as loud.
Think about a time when somebody gave you a strong pinch. How did it feel? How did you react? Autism is Changing the World Love people with Autism. It's the only way we'll ever find a cure. You CAN make a difference.


There's three easy steps: 1) 2) 3) Donate to Autism research Be a friend to someone with Autism You don't have to be best friends with them, but be nice. Don't point and stare, or pick on them. It's not their fault that they're different. Even if you can only donate a dollar or two, give money for research. There have been ideas that work for one child with Autism, but don't work for another. We need to find a solution for everyone. Tell everyone about what you have learned today. Make the public more aware. That's how we will succeed in finding a cure. Thats why it's called "Autism Awareness". Children with Autism have trouble with facial expressions. Look at the two pictures on the right. You can tell one boy is happy, so you might smile at him. The other boy however, is sad, so you would comfort him. Children with Autism see the kids like this. They don't know HOW to respond because they can't figure out what the boys are feeling. Think about all the different noises in your neighborhood. Now imagine these noises getting louder and louder and louder. It would be pretty hurtful, wouldn't it? High-functioning Low-functioning ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorders A common Autism More severe than Aspergers, but milder than Classic Autism (Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified) Same as Autism Also known as classic Autism "Mindblindness" Highest-functioning Used to be classified as another disorder Aspergers's Syndrome Develop normally, but then lose the skills they already learned Children with Autism have trouble keeping a conversation, if they can speak; some children with Autism can't. Most children with Autism have trouble with eye contact or don't know how to point. Another reason why children with Autism have trouble with holding a coversation is that it is hard for them to find the right words to say. Also, they may get stuck or confused in the middle of a conversation. Then they will repeat words over and over. Sometimes, children with Autism repeat what you said right back to you. For example, you might ask a child with Autism "What time is it?" and they will repeat back "What time is it?". Often they will get very quiet, walk away, or make sounds that aren't words when they get stuck during a conversation. Some children with Autism can't talk at all. They may have communication boards or use sign language to express themselves. Pretend you are in class and you can't talk. You have to go to the bathroom, but you can't go without asking the teacher first. How would you ask the teacher without using words? Would you point down the hall to where the bathroom was? Would you draw a picture of a toilet on a piece of paper? Would you pull the teacher towards the bathroom? If the teacher didn't understand or got impatient with you, it would be pretty dicouraging, wouldn't it? Can you imagine how frustrating it would be to know what you want, but not be able to say it? Regression Only girls get it Physical disabililty- Have trouble with controlling their muscles Don't live long Rett's Disorder Never regain skills My brother has Autism Low-functioning High-functioning In the Middle Highest Lowest Autism is a spectrum.




Think about a color spectrum. You have red and orange and yellow and green and blue, and in between those you have yellow-orange and blue-green. However, there are more colors in between those colors, most unnamed. That is what the Autism Spectrum is like. There are the main titles, and then smaller ones in between those, and then finally the kinds that are within those, the ones that have no names but are just as important as the named ones. 1 2 3 4 5 Share what you know about Autism My brother has PDD-NOS. On the Autism spectrum, he is higher than most children with PDD-NOS because he works hard. My parents got help early, and that's why William is doing so well today. The reason my brother is doing so well is because when he was very young my parents realized that he was not devoloping right. They went to the doctor, and the doctor said "Oh it's nothing, he's just a late-bloomer." But my parents didnt give up. They wanted him tested. That's when they discovered he had Autism. My brother, William, used to have to be in a separate class for children with Autism. He went to regular education for half a day in kindergarten, and had a class aide. He also used to take occupational and physical therapy, as well as speech. Now my brother is in third grade. He does not have an aide anymore, and he doesn't do physical and occupational therapy. His speech teacher also said that if we worked on his "TH" and "F" sounds at home, he won't have to go to speech anymore! Where my brother should be now Where he is now PROGRESS! Sometimes living with my brother is hard because I don't know what mood he will be in whne I get home. I don't know whether he will be kicking, hitting, and screaming, and I'll have to dash up to my room for safety of his rgae. Or, if when I get home he'll greet me with a smile and a "Hi Amanda! Can you help me with my math sheet? It's hard." He's right, it is hard. Not the math sheet, but having a sibling with Autism I can really connect to Catherine, mostly because I often get mad at my brother. Afterward, I hurt inside, because I know he can't help it. It's not really his fault. I also feel very much like Catherine because whenever we go out somewhere and my brother has a total meltdown, people stare, and some even point. It makes me angry that they can't just accpet that he's different. It also makes my angry when people act all sorry for me because of my brother. Sure, it's not the avergage lifestyle, but it isn't all that different. I don't really care that my brother has Autism. I love him all the same. Resources mockingbird (mok'ing-burd) "mockingbird" is a book about a girl, Caitlyn, with Asperger's Syndrome. Her brother, Devon, has just died and she and her father are trying to get over not having Devon around. This heartfelt story is told from Caitlyn's point of view, and will give you insight on what it is like to have Asperger's. The Autism Acceptance Book teaches you how to accept people with Autism. It gives factual information as well as some activities and ways on how you can experience what it is like to have Autism. The Autism Acceptance Book Al Capone Does My Shirts This book is about a boy named Moose. His sister, Natalie, has Autism. However, this story takes place in a time period where doctors didn't understand Autism. Moose wants to do normal things, like play ball with his freinds at school, but he has to take care of his sister. Rules Rules is a book about a girl named Catherine and her brother David, who has Autism. One day she is drawing a boy named Jason in the clinic. Jason can't talk, and has a comunication book. She gives him a drawing, and after that they become best friends. Soon Catherine is writing and illustrating word cards for him. This is because Catherine sees him as Jason, not as a poor boy in a wheelchair. She sees him before the disability. Cynthia Lord Kathryn Erskine Ellen Sabin Gennifer Choldenko *Normal sounds may really bother someone with Autism, so much that they cover their ears. *Being touched, even gently, may feel uncomfortable.
*When someone smiles, you know the smiling person is happy. However, a child with Autism has trouble connecting that smile with the person's happy feelings.
*A child with Autism can't come up with the right words to express his or her thoughts.

* They may flap their hands, say certain words over and over, have temper tantrums, or play only with one particular toy.
*Don't like changes in routines. They like to stay on a schedule that is ALWAYS the same. For example, every day they wake up at 7:30 and go to school. When summer comes, their schedule is disrupted, so many children with Autism take school during the summer. This is not, however, summer school. Summer school is where you go if your grades are low. A summer school for children with Autism just helps them with the huge schedule change. Autism Acceptance Book By Ellen Sabin Rules By Cynthia Lord Sources My Brother Any Questions, Comments,Thoughts? Thanks For Listening! Autism is a big topic, isn't it? By Amanda Gillette That means it is a range of abilities and behaviors. I hope these videos inspire YOU to make a difference
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