There is lots more to Autism than what you can get from watching a documentary. In fact for some parents coping with the challenges on a daily basis it can be comparitive to wrestling with the Hulk!
Post Date: 22nd Aug, 2013 - 6:05pm
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(FairMaiden @ 14-Aug 13, 12:16 PM)
I'm reading over the experiences here and I'm amazed. My amazement is about your ability to keep on doing it, at some point I think I would have cracked open like an egg from having to constantly cater for all the special needs. I know what a tantrum is like and it can be overwhelming even if its just once in a blue moon so to have to deal with that every day its just mind boggling. How do you all cope?
If you had a child that was on the spectrum you'd deal with it. When parents say to me:
"I don't think I could do it" I smile and say "You are under estimating yourself"
We all handle what comes our way. I have stopped myself and wondered how people care for others with Cancer. The deal is -- you just do.
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Most people just don't understand autism because the child is not suffering from a disease so they deem your situation as 'not so bad'.
The University of Washington released a study earlier this month concluding that being the mother of a child with autism is more stressful than being the mother of a child with other kinds of developmental disabilities
. Ref. Source 3
Even on Concerta my middle son suffers terribly with anxiety and could be considered a "Control freak" To the point that no one can function in the house unless they immediately attend to whatever is making him upset. Here is a parent who expresses her situation in a candid way:
It's time to stop mincing words.
"Agitated?" Here's what agitation looks like at my house. It's nothing like the temper tantrums typically developing toddlers throw. It's scary. Dangerous. Violent. And, until I learned to spot the signs, unpredictable. Even at five and highly verbal, when our son's rage and frustration spin out of control he"ll lash out by hitting, biting, kicking and spitting. He"ll throw his toys, chairs, table and easel; run around breaking things; and become a threat to us and to himself
. One especially terrible morning when he was 4, he threw a glass across the room, where it exploded against a wall. Then, all revved up and fascinated by the shards, he tried to run on them, barefoot. I barely grabbed him in time to avoid a trip to the emergency room. Ref. Source 1