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The other day i saw this little beautiful girl with silk hair and the most expressive hazel eyes i have ever seen. She was fluttering from a group of people to another , hugging complete strangers and dancing in the hallways. Unfortunately this is not the sun-shine and happy topic about childhood you expected from the introduction. I saw this girl in the hospital and she was suffering from autism. She couldn’t speak proper sentences and all she was capable of is screaming shrilly.
What really amazed me is how people were handling her. Instead of support and help , they started shouting at her to stop screaming and push her away when she comes near , even her mother was grapping her and pulling her from place to place. How my heart has bled for her !!
For you who don’t know what autism is or hadn’t seen autistic children , here’s a brief summary about it.
Autism is a group of complex disorder in brain development. The disorder usually show its symptoms by the time the child is of 2 or 3 years old. It affects the child ability to socialize and behave normally due to neurological disability. The autism has another name (autistic spectrum disorder ASD ). This refers to the fact that each person having autism will have a completely different symptoms and behavior than another. Some of these symptoms might be failure in verbal communication , limited interest in any activity , repeating a single word or sentence many times and lack of attention.The cause of such disorder is yet to be discovered but probable theories suggest the late age of conception , maternal illness while pregnant and several genes contribute to autism.
Some people call those children “retarded” , i disagree strongly. Those are children like any other , they just need more care and support while growing up. They don’t need to be locked behind bars or screened from the word , they need to be out like normal kids. While their social and communicative skills are low , all they need a creative and understanding parents to help them and push them toward bigger levels.
Parents with autistic children and their families should learn how to treat them the right way. Even those who dont , should learn in case you were needed to help some of them. Since i am not a psychiatrist , here’s an article to explain further how to handle those special kids.
Finally , autism is like any disease we all get. imagine if you are discriminated because you got the flu or you have asthma. Be kind , be considerate and throw prejudges away.
The girl in tight shoe.