Caring for the different, not less

McKenzie Milstead, Emily Mangold, Aimee Wilson

Autism

Usually children are diagnosed by lack of parental bonding. Parents go through many emotions when first notice of the fact that their child has autism.

Parent's Emotions

-shocked

-sadness

-anger

-denial

-lonliness

-acceptance

-repeat emotions in future

-also must think about yourself

parent's emotions

Steps to Caring

-get going---start with treatment and learn more about the situation

-ask for help---don't be afraid to ask for help from others

-talk to someone---more you talk about it the easier it gets

-consider joining a group---joining a support group is a good idea

-take a break---do somehting you want to do away from all your stress

-consider a journal---parents can track their child's progress

Living with autism

-there are challenges

-wishing peoples autism would go away

-must get used to child using gestures

-high level therapy

-family counseling

-have to take lots of medicine

-accept the fact there is no cure

-child's nutrients level should be closely watched

-hard time making friends

-get used to lack of eye contact

Success Tips

For parents-

1) don't push away feelings

2) interact with your child a lot

3) be the best caretaker for your child

4) appriciate your childs small victories

5) get involved with autism in your community

6) be proud for your child

For sibilings-

1) it is okay to be sad about having an autistic sibiling

2) be proud for your sibiling, not ashamed

3) find activities you both can do together

4) it is okay to want to have alone time with your parents

5) focus a lot of attention on them, but also some on the rest of your family

For grandparents/extended family-

1) ask how you can be helpful

2) seek out your own support

3) be open and honest about the disorder

4) put judgement aside

5) learn more about autism

6) carve out time for him/her

Facts about Autism

-if one twin has autism there is a 95% chance that the other will get it as well

-the child may never speak

-may not like human contact

-autism is usaully diagnosed from the ages of 18 months-2 years old

Credits

NAMES-Aimee Wilson, Emily Mangold, & McKenzie Milstead

DATE MADE- 4/17/2015

PERIODS- 2 + 4

SOURCES-


"Autism Fact Sheet." : National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Sept. 2009. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.




"Autism Spectrum Disorder." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 Mar. 2015. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.



"Autism." Teen's Health. Ed. Raphael Bernier. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.



"What Is Autism?" Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks Inc, 2015. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.