06/13/2022 – “Autistic Pride Day – June 18th” By Kaylee McGrath
Autistic Pride Day is a pride celebration for autistic people held on June 18 each year. It is a day to observed and to respect the rights of persons with autism. Autistic pride recognizes the importance of pride for autistic people and its role in bringing about positive changes in the broader society. This day provides the opportunity to raise awareness concerning individuals on the autism spectrum disorder so that they do not see autistic people as disadvantaged but simply as unique individuals.
What is Autism?
Autism is a neurological developmental disability that effects an estimated 1 to 2 % of Americans and the worldwide population. The range of the disability means that each person's individual experience of autism and needs for supports and services can vary widely.
What are the 5 different types of autism?
Asperger's syndrome, Rett syndrome, Childhood disintegrative disorder, Kanner's syndrome, Pervasive developmental disorder (not otherwise specified)
Signs of autism in young children include:
• Not responding to their name
• Avoiding eye contact
• Not smiling when you smile at them
• Getting very upset if they do not like a certain taste, smell, or sound
• Repetitive movements, such as flapping their hands, flicking their fingers, or rocking their body
• Not talking as much as other children
• Repeating the same phrases
Signs of autism in older children include:
• Not seeming to understand what others are thinking or feeling
• Finding it hard to say how they feel
• Liking a strict daily routine and getting very upset if it changes
• Having a very strong interest in certain subjects or activities
• Getting very upset if you ask them to do something
• Finding it hard to make friends or preferring to be on their own
• Taking things very literally (example, they may not understand phrases like "break a leg")
Autism In Girls and Boys:
Autism can sometimes be different in girls and boys. For example, autistic girls may be quieter, may hide their feelings and may appear to cope better with social situations. This means autism can be harder to diagnose in girls.
Signs of Autism in Adults
• Difficulty making conversation and making or maintaining close friendships
• Discomfort during eye contact and challenges with regulating emotions
• Extreme interest in one particular topic or subjects
• Hypersensitivity to sounds or smells that do not seem to bother others
• Involuntary noises, such as repetitive throat clearing
• Difficulty understanding sarcasm or idioms
• Lack of inflection when speaking
• Limited interest in only a few activities
• Preference for solitary activities
• Problems reading the emotions of others
• Trouble understanding facial expressions and body language
• Reliance on daily routines and difficulty dealing with change
• Social anxiety and repetitive behaviors
• Superior abilities in a particular field, such as mathematics, science, etc.
• The need to arrange items in a specific order
Source of Information: Various Google Searches
Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Well!