Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The A to Z of Autism - A is For

When Mr L was diagnosed back in 2007 I didn't have a clue what Autism was or even what it meant, 8 years on and 2 more diagnoses its still a puzzle. I have been contemplating doing a blog series with all the words associated with Autism to help other parents and to maybe be a bit of a reference point. So say hello to the A to Z of Autism. Each week will be a different letter as it's the first week today's letter is A.
Autism
Autism as a life long, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to others. It effects how they experience the world around them. To get a diagnosis of autism, a person will have 3 main areas of difficulty, social communication, social interaction and social imagination.

Asperger Syndrome
Part of the autism spectrum and has similarities with autism, however, people with Aspergers will have fewer problems wth speaking. They also ofter have average or above average intelligence and do not have accompanying learning difficulties. They may have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Assessments
Tina From Mother Geek suggested this one. She says " A is For Assessments, millions of the things. I felt like we'd never get to the end of all the assessments and appointments to get our diagnosis. I agree it feels in the early days like you live in the paediatricians office and going back and to CAHMS. Make sure you check out Tina's YouTube Channel Mombie Uk for a little peak into the life of an Autism family.

Attitudes
Jenny from Cheetahs In My Shoes suggested this one. She says A is for Attitudes, the attitudes of those who care, 'help', support, judge and comment. I found it particularly difficult dealing with people's attitudes towards my children, from all angles. I think over time I have become a little immune to it and I don't let other peoples attitudes bother me.

Attachment
Some children with autism can form the most intense attachments to what you think are the strangest things. Miss S once grew attached to an old toilet roll holder and wouldn't let it go for 3 weeks. The best advice I have for attachments is as long as it's not dangerous let it be. You may cause more distress by removing the attachment. Attachment can be in the form of objects, tv programmes, certain fabrics and even food.

Animals
Some children with autism find a sense of calm in animals. My son Mr D finds them very calming and he is so loving towards them. We have debated on getting a dog for him and read up a little on Autism Service dogs. Mr D could it for hours stroking his Grandad's dog Kacie, he says it makes him feel warm and happy in his heart.

Achievements
Lucie from Our World and Autism suggested this one. A is for Achievements, no matter how big or small we celebrate them all! I have to agree, we celebrate the randomest things in our house from weeing on the toilet to not head butting the floor!

If you have any you want to add leave me a comment below and make sure you pop along here next Wednesday for B is For............
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
xx

3 comments:

  1. Oh YeS ! ! Assessments had to be here ... soooooo many .....

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  2. Oh yes for me to, only Attachments! Little A cried over us removing the fire!?

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  3. Oh yes attachments!! Currently she is attached to dvd cases along with her comfort teddy.
    The appointments are never ending too!

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