3 Lessons To Learn From Autistic Children And See The World Differently
By: Milton, Chiara
Published On: July 17, 2021
The harsh reality with autism is the social stigma involved around it. Not only children but also adults with autism have to go through bullying, discrimination and other atrocities. In India, about 1 in 89 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder.
What is autism?
Autism is such a disorder that can affect a person’s social, emotional and communication skills. The symptoms usually appear within the first three years of a child’s life. People with autism usually have a different way of reacting to situations, paying attention, thinking and learning.
An autistic child’s perspective towards life might astound you. Here are lessons that you could learn from autistic children:
Kids with autism are known to be extremely sensitive to sound. Loud noises may become very uncomfortable for the child and they may make and try to avoid such situations as much as possible. These kids thrive doing what they love when they are in a quiet room. They are very much comfortable with the idea and the feeling of silence.
What can we learn?
Most of us spend our lives living around constant noise. Whether it is the constant honking of cars or drilling work at your neighbor's house or the clatter of utensils while washing dishes in the kitchen.
Why is it that we feel uncomfortable when there’s silence? We all know how quiet it gets when the power runs out but hardly notice the constant noise all around us when everything is on.
Silence can be eerie but that’s because we aren’t used to it. The constant noise around us can make us feel anxious and angry and can also develop health problems. (Source: Times Now)
You should take time out from your daily routines and spend some moments of the day practising silent meditation or doing your favorite hobbies in a quiet room.
Kids with autism are known to follow routines. It can be really helpful for them to bring calmness in an otherwise anxious mind. Change is necessary but routine in itself has its own version of a healthy trait.
What can we learn?
In today’s times we don’t stick to routines for long. We get bored of it within a few days. How often do we get rid of our workout routine and our diets midway?
Why fix something that isn’t broken? We are always on the lookout to replace something with what we already have. We believe that it will give us happiness.
Perhaps, we can learn from kids with autism that following a particular routine would bring us more happiness in the long run. Noticing the finer details in everyday life is where you have the opportunity to find happiness.
Children with autism usually are brutally honest while accepting a mistake. They are not comfortable with lying or hiding their feelings. They don’t sugarcoat anything.
What can we learn?
What if we started being more honest? What if we accepted our faults instead of giving excuses?
We should start expressing our innermost feelings and learn to be more transparent in our relationships with the people we love.
This will avoid misunderstandings and will also build a trust factor which will automatically make our relationships healthier.
We assume that autistic kids are different. Although, the truth is that they’re very similar to us and they inspire us to face our own challenges. They are highly intelligent people with minds that are very rare. These children deserve all the medical support that they can possibly get.
Sometimes a child with autism needs better medical attention or a therapy program. It is possible that either your child or any child that you know might be autistic and need treatment but you might not have the financial capability to pay off the treatment expenses. At such times, you could start a fundraiser to raise funds for the autistic child’s treatment. You could get started in only 5 minutes.
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